Lockheed Martin Opens New Australian Security Intelligence Centre
CANBERRA, Australia, October 3, 2013 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has officially opened a Security Intelligence Centre (SIC) in the Canberra suburb of Kingston. Establishment of the new SIC continues Lockheed Martin’s international extension of its cyber defence network, which now spans four facilities: in the UK, the US and Australia.
The new Centre was opened today by Sondra Barbour, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS) business. The SIC builds on over A$10 million of investment in consolidating Lockheed Martin business operations in Canberra into a single facility – Lockheed Martin Centennial House – and the establishment of an IS&GS NexGen Cyber Information and Technology Centre (NCITE Au) in Kingston in 2012.
“This new Centre is an investment in technology, expertise and talent for increased innovation throughout our Lockheed Martin team," explained Barbour. “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 new SIC strengthens Lockheed Martin’s intelligence-driven computer network defence capability, as well as its ability to stay ahead of the rapidly evolving and persistent threats in cyber space. The primary role of each Centre is twofold — to reinforce the company’s detection, identification and response to information security incidents, and to develop and expand a highly trained local cyber workforce.
Raydon Gates, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia, explains that “Lockheed Martin intends to lead the way in finding cyber-tech solutions that make our country safer, and to create cyber-professional jobs that meet Australia’s national security challenges today – and tomorrow. The establishment of this newest Centre is just the next phase in our commitment to Australia’s cybersecurity technological and economic evolution."
The Kingston 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 defence, 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 is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were US$47.2 billion. Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Corporation and employs more than 700 people Australia wide. Turnover in 2012 exceeded A$200 million.