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Lockheed Martin will rely on itself more than federal government to keep internal secrets locked up

Lockheed Martin plans to find new methods to predict and prevent wide-scale cyber attacks carried out to compromise classified information and passwords. Lockheed, which is the No. 1 contractor used by the federal government, also said it plans to open its second intelligence center specializing in internal security and precaution.

"It is a cat-and mouse game between the two sides," said Eric Hutchins, Lockheed cyber intelligence specialist, during an interview with 
Reuters.  "They're constantly trying to develop new ways of attacking us and we're constantly trying to develop new ways of defending us."

The company has been a popular target for cyber attacks from organized cyber crime rings in Eastern Europe and China.  The government has worked with private contractors to help try and find methods that can prevent most damage.  

Lockheed will rely more on itself instead of the government to protect data -- and has billions of dollars on the line.  The company's F-35 Lightning II -- the next-generation fighter several nations are interested in -- would be worth a lot of money for someone who could learn more about the aircraft.  

The company also works in the aerospace industry, and has numerous other classified documents it hopes to protect. 

President Obama recently picked a cyber czar to deal specifically with cyber threats, as nations and organized groups better prepare their cyber arsenals.  

Former U.S. government officials last month defended a simulated cyberattack against U.S. targets -- and although everything went smoothly, it's still unknown how prepared the U.S. is for a real cyber threat.

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This still won't stop spies.
By HercDriver on 3/2/2010 12:16:01 PM , Rating: 1
Sure, they MAY not be able to hack into the system (Yeah, right), but a spy in your workforce is a far greater threat, anyway. Just look at the headlines over the past year, to see how many spies have been caught, then multiply that number by...I don't know, get a feel for how many there are out there. Look at the HUGE strides China has made in the past decade in technology. They also spend more money on spies than any other country. From their perspective, it is WAY more cost effective to spend $1M on a spy and steal $1B worth of technological advances, without having to do the research. China isn't the only country with active tech spies, but I think they are the best. Plus they are good at recruiting Americans of Chinese decent, who feel some connection to the motherland. Even our nuclear labs are not protected from spies. Seems like we should spend our money vetting potential employees, instead.

RE: This still won't stop spies.
By Ammohunt on 3/2/2010 2:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
Thats why i spy for Germany the FATHERLAND!

Sorry if i find your comments about Americans from Chinese decent preposterous. Spys follow a typical pattern which usually involves money problems primarily; thats why money problems can prevent you from getting a security clearance.

RE: This still won't stop spies.
By HercDriver on 3/2/2010 3:08:36 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry if i find your comments about Americans from Chinese decent preposterous

Sorry to inform you that the Chinese Government ACTIVELY recruits Americans of Chinese decent. They have had success using this method. I agree that money is a big motivator in some cases, but how many spies for the Soviet Union who were later caught said they did it for philisophical or ideological reasons. The Chinese are simply appealing to another motivating factor. They wouldn't keep doing it, if it hadn't worked. I don't want to come down on your statement too harshly, but please do some research on Chinese spies that have been caught, and their admitted motivational factors. You can look it up yourself, because I don't have the time to post links for you. I'm afraid you'll see that ethnicity does indeed play a larger part for Chinese than, say...Germans. Of course during WWII, I'll bet there were a lot more German spies than there are now. Many Americans of Chinese decent are targeted during business visits to China. Most refuse to spy, and actually report the incident to the FBI or other agencies. Some just dismiss the incident and say nothing for fear of increasing scrutiny on themselves. Don't just dismiss the racial targeting out of some sort of indignant cry of injustice, or the notion that "no American would ever spy", because it DOES happen. Always do research before you post opinion comments, becasue if not, it makes you look as if you make snap judgements based on emotion, and not facts. I wish more Americans would do this, especially during political debates.

RE: This still won't stop spies.
By winterwatchers on 3/2/2010 3:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
Don't just dismiss the racial targeting out of some sort of indignant cry of injustice, or the notion that "no American would ever spy", because it DOES happen.

Conversely there are plenty of American Spys of Chinese descendent working in China. Your point?

RE: This still won't stop spies.
By HercDriver on 3/2/2010 3:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
My point on this subject is that it is much easier for an American citizen to have access to classified information. Chinese foreign nationals do not get Top Secret clearances and work at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Americans of Chinese decent DO.
My larger point was that instead of spending money and resources exclusively to protect our computer networks, we should be a little more vigilant about intercepting spies, KNOWING that this recruitment is taking place. Before you play the race card, it's not just ethnic Chinese, but they are the biggest threat, right now.

RE: This still won't stop spies.
By jhb116 on 3/2/2010 7:04:53 PM , Rating: 2
Understandable, however, I think that most are missing two prime points - 1st Most countries today (including both the US and China) use data mining and hacking garner secrets because it is inexpensive, high pay-off and very low risk.

2nd SO LM is finally going to do what the gov't (aka taxpayer money) PAYS THEM TO DO. All companies (at least my experience with American companies) charge 'extra' to protect classified data. I wouldn't be surprised if LM was charging more for this "service" that should be doing anyway.

RE: This still won't stop spies.
By Ammohunt on 3/3/2010 2:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
Have you ever held a Clearance? I have; consequently i am quite familiar with the Processes that are in place to protect our National Security . last time I checked we weren't at war with China to use your analogy to when we were at war with Germany BIG DIFFERENCE. Either way you can make the same statement about ANY nationality that wishes to steal our secrets.

By Chosonman on 3/2/2010 4:24:39 PM , Rating: 2
but if you are of Chinese decent and currently have personal relations in China you will automatically be barred from having access to most sensitive material now a days.

Get a grip
By Disgusted on 3/2/2010 5:01:13 PM , Rating: 2
For all intelligence experts commenting, how do you fight an adversary that will plant an agent and have him wait 20 years, keeping his nose clean, and not activating him until he is in a top level position with appropriate level security clearances? Never a bad idea to learn how your enemy operates.

As far as defending against electronic espionage, you had better be able to defend against authorized insiders with passwords, including administrators, because you just don't know who you can trust; anyone can be compromised. The biggest problem is protecting data in use, not just at rest or in transit. There is only one technology that does this easily that I know of.

The other problem, of course, is that it is just plain impossible to defend against e-espionage with low assurance systems.

By TETRONG on 3/2/2010 4:51:56 PM , Rating: 1
Stop ignoring the facts

L.M. wants to give information to China so they can become the dominant superpower.
All corporations are demanding this because they have 1.3b consumers.
Americans are tapped out financially.

How do you think all of these countries have managed to catch up to the US technologically which has spent literally trillions of dollars on R&D.

Artificial Boosting so we can have a more prolonged/costly and deadly WWIII.

Then we'll all be begging for a fascist dictatorship. All part of the grand scheme...

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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