Cyberwar Arms Race May Create New Channel Opportunities

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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.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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