Top defense company Lockheed Martin is taking aim to capture a market share in what is projected to be an $11 billion market for cyber security in the next four years. In 2009 cyber security is expected to be at the top of the agenda for the federal government and major defense companies. By reorganizing existing capabilities in information security assurance Lockheed Martin continues to remain one step ahead of hackers and intruders in order to best serve its government clients.
In 2008, Lockheed set itself apart from the rest with innovative solutions to the cyber threat. In April 2008 it opened a new Wireless Cyber Security Center to test and evaluate wireless communications in a classified environment. Then, in October 2008, it established the new Center for Cyber Security Innovation (CCSI), headed by Lee Holcomb, to centrally manage its technology innovation, best practices, and talent management. In addition to the operation of the center, a key responsibility of Holcomb’s will be developing partnerships with universities and industries.
Working closely with Holcomb, and leading the overall strategy on cyber security solutions at Lockheed Martin, is former DISA director Lt. General Charlie Croom who joined the corporation this past October.
Then there is Linda Gooden who leads Lockheed’s Information Systems and Global Services (ISGS) area. “The whole area of cybersecurity is probably one of the fastest growing areas,“ Gooden says in a recent interview. “It's something that we're very focused on as I expect there will be a significant focus“ on cybersecurity with Obama’s administration. In a speech given at Purdue University last summer, PE Barack Obama remarked that he will make cyber security “the top priority that it should be in the 21st century“ and appoint a National Cyber Advisor to report to him. The government has actually already created an inter-agency task force to help combat cyber security threats and this is headed by Melissa Hathaway, the Cyber Coordination Executive for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). This renowned security expert will speak at an upcoming breakfast on Jan. 13.