Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
Kim Zetter, Wired
December 31, 2008
The profits of (conventional) war must not be as good as they used to be.
Lockheed Martin and Boeing have decided the next cash cow is cyber defense.
According to Bloomberg, both companies, “eager to capture a share of a market that may reach $11 billion in 2013,” have formed new business units to attract money that the U.S. government will be spending to secure U.S. government computers and, no doubt, to break the security of enemy computer systems.
The companies awoke to the money-making opportunity after President Bush signed a National Security Directive in January, which is commonly known as the Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative and is estimated will cost $30 billion or more to implement.
The initiative, which includes the creation of a National Cyber Security Center to be run by the Department of Homeland Security, has been criticized for its secrecy and the role that intelligence agencies may play in the plan. Critics fear the plan is a cover to give U.S. intelligence agencies the unfettered ability to monitor all traffic that passes through the internet.