Cyberwar Arms Race May Create New Channel OpportunitiesBy Lawrence Walsh | Posted 2009-06-02 Email Print
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President Obama's plan to secure the Internet and the U.S. critical infrastructure is motivating the Pentagon to create new defensive and offensive weapons for cyberpace. That may open new opportunities for solution providers and integrators.
President Obama's plan to form a new cybersecurity czar post and a coordinate campaign to secure the nation's critical digital infrastructure is spurring the Pentagon and other government agencies to think -- as they say in football -- on both sides of the ball. In other words, both offensive and defense.
Almost immediately after the Obama Administration released its report on cybersecurity last Friday, reports started servicing that the Pentagon was looking for new defensive and offensive cyber weapons to protect the nation's infrastructure and, if necessary, to take the digital fight to whomever was attack us.
The New York Times is reporting that large federal contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman and Raytheon are already bidding to develop new, sophisticated weapons for combat offense and defense combat in cyberspace. The U.S. Air Force will soon release the first public request for proposal for the development of cyberspace weaponry.