An article on MSNBC sourced from information on Reuters ( REUTERS WIKIPEDIA ), discusses recent network security problems that affect thousands of employees at the Pentagon, the military, many other government divisions and all throughout Lockheed Martin customer network.
The U.S. Government currently uses Lockheed Martin as their largest information technology provider; most especially in the military. The seriousness of an issue like this cannot be over communicated and emphasized; Lockheed is responsible for much of the military and government infrastructure that the USA relies on daily. A quick visit to the LockheedMartin.com website will reveal that they are responsible for many important national functions such as: “Air power, Air Traffic and Transportation Management, Energy and Climate, Homeland Security, Information Technology, Missiles and Missile Defense, Radar Systems, Space Exploration, Surveillance and Fire Control, Technology Research, Training and Simulation” ( Found on the capabilities menu on LockheedMartin.com Homepage).
A firm such as Lockheed performing these roles for a nation of our size and global power must remain secure and in control; especially because they build and sell such destructive violent tools that kill people like their JAGM Cooled Seeker Missle for Joint-Air-to-Ground combat.
Actions taken so far ( publicly known at least ) involve such primitive methods as changing passwords for government representatives and official Pentagon employees. The MSNBC article further explains that, “Lockheed, which employs 126,000 people worldwide and had $45.8 billion in revenues last year, said it does not discuss specific threats or responses as a matter of principle, but regularly took actions to counter threats and ensure security” ( ORIGINAL MSNBC ARTICLE ).
The article also sites spokesman Jeffrey Adams who explained that, “We have policies and procedures in place to mitigate the cyber threats to our business, and we remain confident in the integrity of our robust, multilayered information systems security,”. Many organizations never release information about them being hacked or vulnerable let alone the specifics of the issue or their response tactics which is quite understandable as giving out too much data on the situation can undermine the goals to fix the problems arising from the given attack. However, many companies and businesses that deal with large numbers of customers have to comply with financial and government laws to inform users that have had information compromised in attacks which can give the public some relief that they will be notified about an attack should their account or information have potential be stolen or misused.
This is not the first attack against Lockheed, who has often been targeted by other foreign entities, governments, and individuals due to its important role and public platform. Officials point to a recent digital attack break in at
EMC where some of their RSA Technology known as SecurID ( SecurID Wikipedia Page ) may have been stolen or compromised. EMC/RSA representatives commented that organizations using SecurID may not be as secure now as before. The SecurID technology is used by many large private organizations as well as government employees to connect to their networks securely from outside the corporate firewall. Other representatives have also reassured the public that despite the break in, the attacker would need information from many sources other than RSA alone to succesfully attack a companies implementation of the product.
Many government employees are now worried about these devices and have lost faith in the security level they once were accustomed to. To ease Lockheed customers and users of their systems, they are constantly monitoring their worldwide network from a monitoring center ready to shut down segments of the system and network that appear to be under attack to help extinguish further attacks on intellectual property or government access.
Lockheed must protect itself and reinvest into more security for its network and products.
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