Major U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin said that there has been a dramatic increase in the number and sophistication of cyber-attacks against the firm.
Lockheed, the top defense contractor, said Monday that international cyber-attacks on its networks have increased in the past several years, company Vice President Chandra McMahon told a conference, reported Reuters.
“The pace has picked up,” she said, without elaborating on the origin of the cyber-attacks. She said that nation states and other groups are behind the attacks.
Around 20 percent of the attacks are carried out by nations and groups trying to steal information or imperil Lockheed’s operations, McMahon said. Attackers also began targeting suppliers to the company after it increased its network security.
“Suppliers are still a huge problem,” Charlie Croom, Lockheed vice president of security, said according to Reuters.
In 2012, Lockheed received a $454 million contract to run the U.S. government’s cybercrime lab, according to CNET.
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