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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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