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article imageDefense industry focusing on cybersecurity amid breaches

By Andrew Moran     Feb 21, 2013 in World
Reston - Similar to the days of the Cold War when military personnel used intelligence instead of bullets, modern day warfare now consists of men and women sitting behind a desk in an office building conducting cyber attacks.
A lot of militaries around the world are composed of cybersecurity experts, Information Technology (IT) professionals and computer specialists. These units can now perform cyber espionage, infiltration of data located in various federal departments and agencies, such as the Pentagon and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and hacking websites belonging to private companies.
The issue made headlines this week when Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm located in the United States, released a 60-page report highlighting how the Chinese army is undergoing permeating governments around the world, seeping into firms operating natural gas pipelines and breaching into networks that control industrial systems and electric grids.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the federal government experienced a 680 percent increase in cybersecurity breaches for the past six years. Despite an enormous figure of $893 billion being spent on homeland security, foreign ventures and national defense, the U.S. averaged 117 cyber attacks each day in 2011.
“After responding to APT1 for years, at over 100 different organizations, you start to pick up patterns over 98 percent of the time, when they were doing their intrusions in the U.S. companies, they were also using computer addresses from Shanghai. So I called 98 percent not an anomaly,” said Kevin Mandia, Mandiant founder and chief executive, in an interview with the New York Times.
Due to the importance of military intelligence, telecommunications and IT, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the number of employment opportunities for IT experts will grow 22 percent over the next decade because both the public and private sectors are trying to make significant gains in Internet security.
CALNET is one of the many private firms that offer imperative aspects of national security, such as linguistics and intelligence analysis. Providing these services as well as telecommunications, it has become a premier company for federal departments and agencies that focus on antiterrorism operations.
Founded by Kaleem Shah in 1989, CALNET have offered an array of efficient, cost-effective and timely capabilities that have proved successful on an international scale in the Contiguous United States (CONUS) and Outside of Contiguous United States (OCONUS) in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Korea.
To perform specific military duties and operations, federal departments, such as the Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Treasury Department and the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), have utilized CALNET’s Multi-Discipline Intelligence Analysis, Document & Material Exploitation (DOCEX) and Intelligence Synchronization.
In 2007, the Reston, Virginia-based CALNET was awarded a $66 million contract with the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to provide linguist services to Guantanamo Bay and another $104 million contract with INSCOM to train Defense and military personnel.
Named one of America’s 500 fastest growing companies on Inc.’s 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 list, Shah has insisted to refrain from offering an Initial Public Offering (IPO) because he would prefer the firm to “remain agile.”
Furthermore, considering that Shah, who maintains several roles in the company, including CEO, CTO and business development lead, expects the defense industry to swell to as high as $820 billion in 2020, he feels he can remain innovative. In the last three years, it has already experienced 705 percent growth.
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