Telecommunications company MetTel has formed a partnership with Raytheon [RTN] to leverage its cyber security capabilities for commercial and government projects, including work on a $50 billion General Services Administration (GSA) contract.
Under the alliance, announced Tuesday, MetTel will utilize Raytheon’s Automated Threat Intelligence Platform detection system and the company’s advanced managed security services for currently awarded network security contracts.
"As rogue governments, nation-states and independent cyber criminals increasingly focus their attacks on commercial industry targets, the need becomes apparent for the combined forces of MetTel and Raytheon with our proven success in security and network management," said Ed Fox, MetTel’s vice president of network services, in a statement.
Raytheon will help jointly build and operate Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services for federal agencies under the GSA Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract MetTel was included on in August.
The 15-year, $50 billion GSA EIS contract was awarded to 10 companies to provide federal agencies with telecommunications-related services.
The partnership aims to take on future cyber-related projects related to network threats and exploitation of Internet of Things devices.
"Security is foremost on everyone's mind today, especially with the constant emergence of new threat forms compounded by the exploding array of devices and network access points," Fox said. "The world needs a network that meets the highest government security standards and together, MetTel and Raytheon are committed to delivering that network."
MetTel will also incorporate Raytheon’s Virtual Security Operations center to provide threat analysis and incident notification services to its commercial customers.
The two companies will team up to provide security and consulting services and detection capabilities for MetTel-managed private sector networks.
"As Federal agencies and businesses aggressively pursue digital transformation, this alliance will support the security of their data and systems," said John DeSimone, vice president of cyber security and special missions for Raytheon’s intelligence, information and services division. "Raytheon will work with MetTel to leverage our 30 years of experience and significant investment in cyber security to hunt, detect and remediate advanced cyber threats on government and commercial networks."