Pieces falling into place for a robust U.S. cyber security infrastructure

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 5 May 2015. Cyber security is on the minds of many these days as the U.S. Department of Defense, other government agencies, and private business kick into high gear in attempts to foil hackers and other cyber criminals.

After big defense cuts, what lies ahead?
After big defense cuts, what lies ahead?
THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 5 May 2015.Cyber security is on the minds of many these days as the U.S. Department of Defense, other government agencies, and private business kick into high gear in attempts to foil hackers and other cyber criminals.

Not only is protecting important data a top concern, but U.S. prime defense contractors, sensing market opportunities, are positioning themselves for anticipated lucrative government contracts in the near future.

Here are just two moves over the past month by defense primes to be in position for upcoming cyber security business.

First, BAE Systems is striking a partnership with iSIGHT Partners Inc. in Dallas to increase their company's capabilities in cyber threat intelligence in the U.S. iSIGHT has expertise in monitoring the global threat ecosystem and providing high-fidelity cyber security intelligence.

Second, Raytheon Co. announced plans to buy a majority stake in Websense Inc. in Austin, Texas, which specializes in protecting organizations from advanced cyber attacks and data theft. With this deal, Raytheon is forming a new cyber security company by combining Websense with Raytheon Cyber Products, a business unit of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) segment in Aurora, Colo.

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Just as soon as Raytheon announced the deal with Websense, Raytheon introduced the SureView suite of cyber security tools to help enterprises operate in the face of sophisticated cyber threats.

The Pentagon has announced plans to spend $5.5 billion for cyber security, which is a $400 million increase over the fiscal 2015 budget request of $5.1 billion.

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Nearly 500 readers of Military & Aerospace Electronics have weighed in on a survey in which three-quarters are very concerned or extremely concerned with the effects of future cyber attacks.

It sounds like all the pieces finally are falling into place for the creation of a robust cyber security infrastructure to protect government and business computers against the ravages of cyber attacks.

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