Lockheed Martin Celebrates 10 Years Advancing Cybersecurity Through Intelligence Driven Defense®
GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 5, 2014 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] commemorated the tenth anniversary of the formal creation of its enterprise cyber defense organization, the Lockheed Martin Computer Incident Response Team (LM-CIRT), by discussing the growing cyber threats facing corporate and government networks and looking forward to delivering another decade of cyber security services.
At a celebration in one of the company’s global network of Security Intelligence Centers, Executive Vice President of Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) Sondra Barbour, corporate Chief Information Officer Denise Saiki, and Chief Information Security Officer Jim Connelly commended the transformation of what started out as a four-person experimental network defense team into one of the most sophisticated and lauded cyber security organizations in the world.
“The inception of the LM-CIRT was a foundational element in Lockheed Martin’s overall computer network defense,” noted Connelly. “The team’s innovative Intelligence Driven Defense® methodology and the Cyber Kill Chain® framework have transformed the way we approach defending against advanced threats, and have become recognized standards within the global cybersecurity community.”
Among the trends identified by Lockheed Martin:
- Increasing adoption of multi-layered cyber defense: Organizations have increasingly accepted the need for complex and layered solutions to protect their networks. LM-CIRT publically formalized this concept in 2011 with the release of their framework for defeating threats across the Cyber Kill Chain®. Since its publication, the Cyber Kill Chain has become the de facto standard for analyzing, measuring, and protecting against threats and for collaborative threat information sharing.
- Growing number of threats: In 2007, when the corporation began tracking advanced persistent threats, it was following 10 distinct campaigns. That number grew to 28 in 2010; Lockheed Martin now tracks 43.
- Expansion in commercial markets: Many commercial verticals increasingly face sophisticated cyber threats, but often lack the necessary maturity in their own defensive practices. Lockheed Martin has seen a significantly growing interest in cyber defense of industrial control systems in the energy and oil & gas sectors, but has found that the industry as a whole has historically lagged behind cyber adoption for traditional IT networks. Other critical industry verticals, such as healthcare, hi-tech and financial are also moving to step up their cyber defenses.
“Our customers around the world see various reasons their networks face attack – from disruption of service to information collection,” said Anne Mullins, vice president of IS&GS Global Solutions’ business, who previously served as the chief information security officer. “No matter what motivates attackers, I am so proud to see the capabilities we developed internally to protect our own networks now being used to secure operations for the U.S. government, foreign customers and a growing number of major commercial clients.”
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.