Officials have marked the start of construction on a $1.2 billion National Security Agency cybersecurity center at a Utah National Guard camp near Salt Lake City, according to The Associated Press.
The building will be built on 200 acres at Camp Williams, south of Salt Lake City, and will help the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies safeguard national security networks and identify cyber threats, AP reported.
“Not only will this facility help our nation’s cybersecurity efforts, but it will also help energize the economy in an around Camp Williams by creating thousands of construction jobs and employ between 100 and 200 people once complete,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said about the project on its website.
The project is expected to employ nearly 10,000 people over the next three years building the 1-million-square-foot facility at Camp Williams on the Salt Lake/Utah county line, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
John C. Inglis, NSA deputy director, told AP in addition to protecting public and private computer U.S. networks, the facility will be a key weapon in detecting threats to U.S. security around the world.
“All of the instruments of national power need to be marshaled to protect the cyber realm,” he said.
The center will be officially known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative Data Center, but Salt Lake Tribune reported the facility has been dubbed “The Spy Center.”