BETHESDA—Lockheed Martin has opened its fourth Security Intelligence Centre (SIC), this one in Australia’s national capital, Canberra.
“This new Centre is an investment in technology, expertise and talent for increased innovation throughout our Lockheed Martin team,” explained Sondra Barbour, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions. “As cyber threats become increasingly sophisticated and persistent, our cyber intelligence analysts continuously adapt and improve their methods in collaboration with government and industry partners, implementing new mitigations to keep ahead of the threats.”
The SIC builds on more than US$10 million of investment in consolidating Lockheed Martin business operations into a single facility —Lockheed Martin Centennial House—and the establishment of a NexGen Cyber Information and Technology Centre (NCITE) in Canberra in 2012.
The new SIC strengthens Lockheed Martin’s intelligence-driven computer network defense and ability to stay ahead of the rapidly evolving and persistent threats in cyber space. The primary role of each SIC is twofold: reinforce the company’s detection, identification and response to information security incidents, and develop and expand an elite, local cyber workforce.
The Canberra SIC will be manned by a team of highly skilled and trained Australian cyber intelligence analysts drawn from Lockheed Martin Australia’s employee base. They will integrate their local operations into Lockheed Martin’s global computer network defense, while developing their own intrinsic strengths, and contribute to an active global exchange in cyber capability and tradecraft.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and posted 2012 turnover of more than $200 million.