GAITHERSBURG, Md. — In calling for closer collaboration with the private sector on cybersecurity, federal officials are fond of saying that the great majority of Internet infrastructure lies in private hands. Here at a high-security facility off the highway that links Washington, D.C., with Frederick, Md., is a telling example of that dependency. This is where Lockheed Martin practices the lucrative science and art of cyber forensics.
FBI officials make regular visits to Lockheed’s cybersecurity facility to draw on the powerful defense contractor’s cyber threat intelligence, according to the firm.
“Data is the new oil,” Charles Croom, a vice president at Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, said in an April 14 media briefing. Croom didn’t coin the phrase, but it was an apt one for a firm –known primarily as a weapons supplier — that has cast itself as a cyber juggernaut in recent years.