“Minister For War” opens Lockheed Martin’s new cybersecurity intelligence centre in Hampshire
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus +++ Lockheed Martin has just opened its first Security Intelligence Centre in Farnborough, England, which the company said would extend its ‘global reach’ and would be ‘augmenting facilities in the United States’.
The new Farnborough centre was opened in the presence of Conservative Party Member of Parliament The Right Honourable Gerald Howarth representing the constituency of Aldershot, also in Hampshire, England.
The company said that their new £2.5 million investment in the British facilities will strengthen its intelligence driven computer network defence and ‘ability to stay ahead of the rapidly evolving and persistent threats in cyber space’.
According to Lockheed Martin, the role of their Security Intelligence Centre will be for the ‘detection, identification and response to information security incidents’. It added that ‘this is accomplished by bringing together three primary capabilities: pervasive sensors, data management and analyst collaboration.’
The corporation also said that it’s Farnborough-based site will be manned by a team of highly-skilled and trained cyber intelligence analysts ‘who hold UK passports’ the company asserted, adding that ‘they will integrate into Lockheed Martin’s global computer network defence, while developing their own intrinsic strengths, and contribute to an active global exchange in cyber capability and tradecraft.’
Lockheen Marton said that cyber attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and persistent. So far, Lockheed Martin is demonstrating success in countering this threat. Lockheed Martin cyber intelligence analysts examine attacks at a macro level – breaking attacks into phases called the Cyber Kill Chain,’ analysing this data to identify patterns of persistent campaigns spanning multiple attacks, and implementing new mitigations to keep ahead of the threats.
Giri Sivanesan, Lockheed Martin UK Head of Cyber, commented: “Cyber attacks are coming from a wide range of sources. There’s a growing realisation at Government level of the impact this growing threat could have on individuals, business and the national infrastructure. In the future we will be looking to support more customers in the public and private sector through advanced cyber defence solutions and training customer staff in the latest cyber tradecraft. Customers who have already reached a certain level of maturity in cyber defence will benefit the most from our advanced services.”
Gerald Howarth MP, who is also now Minister for International Security Strategy having been appointed by David Cameron after the General Election in May 2010, added: “The internet has transformed everyday life but with greater openness, interconnection and dependency comes greater vulnerability. As recognised in the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, the threat to our national security from cyber attacks is real and growing and is a threat that we must face together across society.
He went on: “I welcome Lockheed Martin UK’s commitment to the cyber security effort. Today is further proof of the seriousness with which industry takes cyber security and is part of building a real and meaningful partnership with Government. We must ensure cyberspace remains open to innovation and make Britain one of most secure places in world to do business.”