Market Connections recently conducted an a study on behalf of Lockheed Martin and its Cyber Security Alliance partners, which found that security remains the single biggest concern on the minds of government IT decision-makers when it comes to cloud computing.
A new white paper titled “Cyber Security and Transformational Technologies – Keeping Systems and Data Safe” details the study results.
The survey found that 85% of government technology decision makers in federal, defense/military and intelligence agencies see cyber security as a high priority and currently have one or more major initiatives underway. This was followed to a lesser degree by mobile computing (39%), cloud computing (26%) and big data (27%).
The white paper describes and ranks the types of security threats agencies face and recommends preparedness strategies to effectively defend against these pressures. Threats include:
malware, phishing, data leaks, misuse, hacking, spam, social, insider, cyber espionage, mobile and others. While most agencies consider themselves “well prepared” to deal with security threats, they continue to invest in other new technologies because mobile device initiatives, cloud computing and big data solutions contribute to more economical and affordable approaches to sharing and storing information when compared to traditional methods that require additional cyber security measures to ensure protection.
“Government’s challenge is two-fold, adopting transformational technologies to help reduce operating costs while also keeping systems and data safe. Our Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance partners are keenly focused on collaboration and innovation to provide seamless end-to-end security with affordability in mind,” said Rick Johnson, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions.
The Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance commissioned Market Connections to conduct the online survey of U.S. federal government, defense/military and intelligence agency technology decision makers. This third annual survey measured awareness and attitudes about cloud computing, cyber security, mobility and big data topics. Survey results reflect input from respondents in all military branches and a variety of federal, state and local government agencies.
The Cyber Alliance was established in 2009 and announced with the opening of Lockheed Martin’s NexGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Center. The Alliance’s mission is to address cyber security challenges through innovation and collaboration and consists of the following technology companies: APC by Schneider Electric, ArcSight, CA, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, EMC Corporation and its RSA Security Division, HP, Intel, Juniper Networks, McAfee, Microsoft, NetApp, Symantec, Trustwave, Verizon and VMware.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.