Cybersecurity Technologies a Government Priority

Ever since the Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative was released in the beginning of March, the government has witnessed  blossoming investments in cybersecurity. As cyber attacks increase in frequency and intensity, the national attention shifts towards prevention, detection and capture of criminal activity.

In a study released recently, the U.S. government is putting more money into cybersecurity technologies, research and development. At the subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security, Senator McCain (R-AZ) said, The federal government relies heavily on complicated information systems for day-to-day operations. The risks posed to these systems have never been higher. Cyber crime and cyber espionage are on rise. Indeed, nation-states seek to exploit our government networks, to steal sensitive intelligence or intellectual property for military and industrial advantage.”

The report also provides a consolidated plan for purchasing software, hardware, software services and personnel training. Each agency has detailed forecasts for defense and civilian research.“Federal agencies have spent more on cyber security than the entire GDP of North Korea, who some have speculated is to be involved with some of this cyber attacks,” said Senator Thomas. L. Carper. “The issue of Cyber Warfare is not science fiction anymore. It’s reality.”

With a cumulative market valued at $55 billion (2010-2015), the U.S. Cybersecurity market will grow about 6.2% CAGR over the next six years.

Short-to-long term cybersecurity investments will be fueled by: the ever-increasing number and severity of cyber attacks, dramatic expansion in computer connectivity, perceptions of the U.S. adversaries that the U.S. is dependent on information technology, and that such dependency is a weakness, developments in existing cybersecurity measures and the emergence of new technologies and approaches.

The report answers fundamental questions such as: Why pay attention to the U.S. Government cybersecurity market? What segments of the U.S. government cybersecurity market are poised for fast growth? What are key trends in cybersecurity deployment? and Where is the money in the U.S. Federal cybersecurity market?

In another study released by Market Research Media, Deep Packet Inspection showed favorably. The survey was to understand the Deep Package Inspection technology deployment in the U.S. government agencies and gauge future growth. The DPI market is projected to down to $1.8 billion by 2015.

Deep Packet Inspection is the act of any IP network which is not an endpoint of a communication using non-header content for some purpose. It is typically performed as the packet passes from an inspection point searching for viruses, spam, intrusions or predefined criteria to decide what actions to take on the packaged data. DPI technology is so successful because it checks non-header content (the bulk of data) as opposed to shallow packet inspection which only checks the header portion of the data package.

According to the study, DPI technology is likely to emerge as a major line of cyber defense. DPI enables advanced security functions as well as Internet data mining, eaves dropping and censorship. While most agree that DPI will advance security on the Internet, few are worried about the implications to net neutrality.

With the government placing more emphasis on money markets surrounding cybersecurity, now is the time for businesses and individuals to invest.

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