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General Dynamics lands cybersecurity contract

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. defense contractor General Dynamics said Tuesday it secured a contract to help protect U.S. Navy networks and data from cyberattacks.

"General Dynamics offers a legacy of proven cybersecurity, public-key infrastructure and encryption, cyberanalytics and enterprise-level systems integration and services experience across the Department of Defense and federal space," Charlie Plummer, general manager of IT solutions for General Dynamics, said in a statement Tuesday.

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The company said it would work on the program from its work center in Charleston, S.C. and other global locations.

General Dynamics, based in Virginia, said it was one of 13 companies selected by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic to support cybersecurity strategies.

The contractor said its program would help "secure and defend" the Navy's computer systems from cyberattacks and help the U.S. military "maneuver securely in the cyber domain."

The U.S. Defense Department said it suspected Chinese hackers had targeted its computer infrastructure earlier this year. The Chinese government denied playing a role in the attack.

General Dynamics said all 13 contracts had a $900 million value if all options were exercised.

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