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Defense Contractors See $$$ in Cyber Security

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By Kim Zetter EmailDecember 31, 2008 | 3:27:42 PMCategories: Cybersecurity
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The profits of (conventional) war must not be as good as they used to be.

Lockheed Martin and Boeing have decided the next cash cow is cyber defense.

According to Bloomberg, both companies, “eager to capture a share of a market that may reach $11 billion in 2013,” have formed new business units to attract money that the U.S. government will be spending to secure U.S. government computers and, no doubt, to break the security of enemy computer systems.

The companies awoke to the money-making opportunity after President Bush signed a National Security Directive in January, which is commonly known as the Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative and is estimated will cost $30 billion or more to implement.

The initiative, which includes the creation of a National Cyber Security Center to be run by the Department of Homeland Security, has been criticized for its secrecy and the role that intelligence agencies may play in the plan. Critics fear the plan is a cover to give U.S. intelligence agencies the unfettered ability to monitor all traffic that passes through the internet.

The initiative has many parts, however, one of which is to secure government networks.

Despite an abundance of established computer security firms that already have experience securing networks, Boeing launched its cybersecurity division in August, followed by Lockheed in October.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) also got in the game, as has Raytheon — though a Raytheon spokesman wanted Bloomberg to understand that it had been thinking about cashing in on cyber security longer than Boeing and Lockheed Martin were thinking about it. The company acquired its computer security expertise the old-fashioned way — by buying it. Raytheon purchased three computer network security firms (Oakley Networks, SI Government Solutions and Telemus Solutions Inc) in the last 18 months and says it plans to add 300 more security engineers to its stable in 2009.

It’s likely the others will be acquiring their expertise this way as well, which will only be good news for computer security firms that have been struggling to stay afloat the last few years when the government and private sector showed little interest in spending money to secure computer networks.

“The whole area of cyber is probably one of the faster-growing areas” of the U.S. budget, Linda Gooden, executive vice president of Lockheed’s Information Systems & Global Services unit, told Bloomberg. “It’s something that we’re very focused on. I expect there will be a significant focus” under Obama.

Lockheed hasn’t always been so focused on cyber security or had much of a track record in keeping its own systems secure.

Readers may recall that the defense contractor was the victim of a major cyber intrusion in 2003 dubbed Titan Rain. Both Lockheed and the Sandia National Laboratory that Lockheed managed were hit in the attack, resulting in thieves making off with Lockheed schematics and other proprietary and sensitive documents. A Sandia network security analyst named Shawn Carpenter discovered the intrusion and told his superiors, who wanted to keep the break-in quiet. In the interest of national security, Carpenter provided information about the attack to the FBI and was fired by Sandia — the standard reward for whistleblowers everywhere. Last year a jury awarded Carpenter $4.3 million in a wrongful termination suit.

Oh great.. Just what we need more massive groups who’s idea of “cyber security” is to fuck up things to the point where no one has any fucking clue whats going on. Note the italicized and bolded text.

Doomed we are…

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2009/01/02 at 20:17

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Defense Contractors See $$$ in Cyber Security

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By Kim Zetter EmailDecember 31, 2008 | 3:27:42 PMCategories: Cybersecurity
Lock_on_computer

The profits of (conventional) war must not be as good as they used to be.

Lockheed Martin and Boeing have decided the next cash cow is cyber defense.

According to Bloomberg, both companies, “eager to capture a share of a market that may reach $11 billion in 2013,” have formed new business units to attract money that the U.S. government will be spending to secure U.S. government computers and, no doubt, to break the security of enemy computer systems.

The companies awoke to the money-making opportunity after President Bush signed a National Security Directive in January, which is commonly known as the Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative and is estimated will cost $30 billion or more to implement.

The initiative, which includes the creation of a National Cyber Security Center to be run by the Department of Homeland Security, has been criticized for its secrecy and the role that intelligence agencies may play in the plan. Critics fear the plan is a cover to give U.S. intelligence agencies the unfettered ability to monitor all traffic that passes through the internet.

The initiative has many parts, however, one of which is to secure government networks.

Despite an abundance of established computer security firms that already have experience securing networks, Boeing launched its cybersecurity division in August, followed by Lockheed in October.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) also got in the game, as has Raytheon — though a Raytheon spokesman wanted Bloomberg to understand that it had been thinking about cashing in on cyber security longer than Boeing and Lockheed Martin were thinking about it. The company acquired its computer security expertise the old-fashioned way — by buying it. Raytheon purchased three computer network security firms (Oakley Networks, SI Government Solutions and Telemus Solutions Inc) in the last 18 months and says it plans to add 300 more security engineers to its stable in 2009.

It’s likely the others will be acquiring their expertise this way as well, which will only be good news for computer security firms that have been struggling to stay afloat the last few years when the government and private sector showed little interest in spending money to secure computer networks.

“The whole area of cyber is probably one of the faster-growing areas” of the U.S. budget, Linda Gooden, executive vice president of Lockheed’s Information Systems & Global Services unit, told Bloomberg. “It’s something that we’re very focused on. I expect there will be a significant focus” under Obama.

Lockheed hasn’t always been so focused on cyber security or had much of a track record in keeping its own systems secure.

Readers may recall that the defense contractor was the victim of a major cyber intrusion in 2003 dubbed Titan Rain. Both Lockheed and the Sandia National Laboratory that Lockheed managed were hit in the attack, resulting in thieves making off with Lockheed schematics and other proprietary and sensitive documents. A Sandia network security analyst named Shawn Carpenter discovered the intrusion and told his superiors, who wanted to keep the break-in quiet. In the interest of national security, Carpenter provided information about the attack to the FBI and was fired by Sandia — the standard reward for whistleblowers everywhere. Last year a jury awarded Carpenter $4.3 million in a wrongful termination suit.

Oh great.. Just what we need more massive groups who’s idea of “cyber security” is to fuck up things to the point where no one has any fucking clue whats going on. Note the italicized and bolded text.

Doomed we are…

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/01/02 at 20:17

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Defense Contractors See $$$ in Cyber Security

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By Kim Zetter EmailDecember 31, 2008 | 3:27:42 PMCategories: Cybersecurity
Lock_on_computer

The profits of (conventional) war must not be as good as they used to be.

Lockheed Martin and Boeing have decided the next cash cow is cyber defense.

According to Bloomberg, both companies, “eager to capture a share of a market that may reach $11 billion in 2013,” have formed new business units to attract money that the U.S. government will be spending to secure U.S. government computers and, no doubt, to break the security of enemy computer systems.

The companies awoke to the money-making opportunity after President Bush signed a National Security Directive in January, which is commonly known as the Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative and is estimated will cost $30 billion or more to implement.

The initiative, which includes the creation of a National Cyber Security Center to be run by the Department of Homeland Security, has been criticized for its secrecy and the role that intelligence agencies may play in the plan. Critics fear the plan is a cover to give U.S. intelligence agencies the unfettered ability to monitor all traffic that passes through the internet.

The initiative has many parts, however, one of which is to secure government networks.

Despite an abundance of established computer security firms that already have experience securing networks, Boeing launched its cybersecurity division in August, followed by Lockheed in October.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) also got in the game, as has Raytheon — though a Raytheon spokesman wanted Bloomberg to understand that it had been thinking about cashing in on cyber security longer than Boeing and Lockheed Martin were thinking about it. The company acquired its computer security expertise the old-fashioned way — by buying it. Raytheon purchased three computer network security firms (Oakley Networks, SI Government Solutions and Telemus Solutions Inc) in the last 18 months and says it plans to add 300 more security engineers to its stable in 2009.

It’s likely the others will be acquiring their expertise this way as well, which will only be good news for computer security firms that have been struggling to stay afloat the last few years when the government and private sector showed little interest in spending money to secure computer networks.

“The whole area of cyber is probably one of the faster-growing areas” of the U.S. budget, Linda Gooden, executive vice president of Lockheed’s Information Systems & Global Services unit, told Bloomberg. “It’s something that we’re very focused on. I expect there will be a significant focus” under Obama.

Lockheed hasn’t always been so focused on cyber security or had much of a track record in keeping its own systems secure.

Readers may recall that the defense contractor was the victim of a major cyber intrusion in 2003 dubbed Titan Rain. Both Lockheed and the Sandia National Laboratory that Lockheed managed were hit in the attack, resulting in thieves making off with Lockheed schematics and other proprietary and sensitive documents. A Sandia network security analyst named Shawn Carpenter discovered the intrusion and told his superiors, who wanted to keep the break-in quiet. In the interest of national security, Carpenter provided information about the attack to the FBI and was fired by Sandia — the standard reward for whistleblowers everywhere. Last year a jury awarded Carpenter $4.3 million in a wrongful termination suit.

Oh great.. Just what we need more massive groups who’s idea of “cyber security” is to fuck up things to the point where no one has any fucking clue whats going on. Note the italicized and bolded text.

Doomed we are…

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/01/02 at 20:17

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Man Covered In Feces Attacks Flight Attendant

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HOUSTON — An investigation is under way to determine why a mental health patient was traveling alone on a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Omaha, Neb.

Passengers said the man left the plane’s bathroom covered in his own waste on the Dec. 26 flight, reported KPRC-TV in Houston.

The commuter jet had one flight attendant, who moved passengers forward to empty seats and kept the unkempt passenger in the back row.

Stacey, a passenger on the plane who requested her last name not be revealed, said the man attacked the flight attendant.

“I hear all of this ruckus and yelling,” she said. “I turned around and the poor flight attendant is on his back and the guy is, like, punching him.”

Stacey said other passengers came to the flight attendant’s aid.

“It’s almost like a scene out of a movie,” Stacey said. “There were two male passengers behind me that got up and kind of got the guy off of him. The poor steward, he got a black eye.”

The man was not arrested but was turned over to mental health professionals from a care center in Iowa where he reportedly lives.

The U.S. attorney’s office said proving criminal intent could be difficult because of the man’s mental state. The FBI will investigate how the man was allowed to fly unsupervised. He was taking a holiday trip from Chicago to Houston to Omaha.

Whoa…

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2009/01/02 at 11:41

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Fortysomething

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I was in the local Borders yesterday and came across this series from 03 from Hugh Laurie. So I decided to see what the internets had and sure enough here it is! The series has its foibles, but, generally is a twisted kind of funny that we would NEVER get here in the states.

I believe it only had one season… But if you have time to kill it might do…

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2009/01/02 at 11:24

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Fortysomething

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I was in the local Borders yesterday and came across this series from 03 from Hugh Laurie. So I decided to see what the internets had and sure enough here it is! The series has its foibles, but, generally is a twisted kind of funny that we would NEVER get here in the states.

I believe it only had one season… But if you have time to kill it might do…

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/01/02 at 11:24

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