Lockheed Martin Bulks Cyber Efforts, Achieves ‘First’ in US Defense Contracting

By Staff Writer | April 28, 2017
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EPA GERMANY INTERNET CYBER SECURITY POL COMPUTING & IT ESPIONAGE & INTELLIGENCE DEU BRLockheed Martin has made Guardtime Federal a key supplier for some cyber-related efforts, Lockheed Martin said. Following 2015 specialized mission-support testing, Guardtime Federal is now to support Lockheed Martin’s integration of cyber-related elements into systems engineering processes, supply chain risk management and software development efforts. This makes Lockheed Martin “the first U.S. defense contractor to incorporate blockchain technology into its developmental process,” the company said.

"These new cybersecurity approaches will enhance data integrity, speed problem discovery and mitigation, and reduce the volume of regression testing, which results in reduced schedule risk," said Ron Bessire, Lockheed Martin VP of aeronautics engineering and technology. "The faster our developers can discover issues, the faster we can deliver."

Guardtime Federal offers its Black Lantern appliances and Core blockchain infrastructure, which Lockheed Martin plans to use to enhance efficiency, security and risk management. Over the past few years, the two companies have conducted data integrity technology demonstrations to address the threat of manipulation in networked and weapon system embedded cyber physical systems. They are also engaged in ongoing assessments regarding continued evolution of cyber-focused threats across the whole development and fielding life cycle.

With this partnership, and others like it, Lockheed Martin can compete on a team for U.S. Defense Dept. requests for proposals for small business set-asides.

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