Pentagon to Help Defend Cyber Networks

Sep 26, 2011

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As hackers and hostile nations launch increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks against U.S. defense contractors, the Pentagon is extending a pilot program to help protect its prime suppliers.

That program could serve as a possible model for other government agencies. It is being evaluated by the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a potential effort to extend similar protections to power plants, the electric grid and other critical infrastructure.

The analysts dissect intrusions, malware and other attacks that have breached or tried to burrow into the defense contractors' computer systems. And while those investigations are just a small fraction of the lab's work, the number has grown steadily over the past three years.

If the defense contractors have troubles protecting their networks, think how hard it is for regular enterprises or small to medium-sized businesses. I haven't seen any indication that DHS has the manpower, or budget to do something similar for critical infrastructure.

With turnkey solutions like antivirus software failing to keep out intrusions, I think there will be a growing need for third-party companies to provide security expertise to companies.

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