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Ongoing Cooperation, Innovation Needed to Combat Growing Cyber Threat


Charlie Croom, vice president of Cyber Security Solutions at Lockheed Martin, delivers opening remarks at a cyber security summit this morning.

The rapidly evolving threat environment and the need for continued improvement and cooperation to thwart attacks were topics addressed by several prominent cyber security experts at the 2013 Cyber Security Summit sponsored by Lockheed Martin in Washington, D.C., today.  

The Summit convened leading national security officials, industry experts and journalists for conversations addressing cyber risks and the future of cyber defense. Among those taking part were Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), former CIA and NSA director Gen. Michael Hayden, former Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III, Visa’s Chief Enterprise Risk Officer Ellen Richey, Microsoft CEO senior adviser Craig Mundie and Lockheed Martin Vice President of Cyber Security Solutions Charlie Croom.

Panel members explored the future of cyber security, reducing cyber attack risk, and presented a live demonstration of hacking capabilities during a fictitious cyber wargame scenario.   

“It’s clear our adversaries continue to advance in their sophistication, and the numbers of attacks are escalating around the world,” said Croom. “Attackers don’t rely on a single method or tactic, putting every user connected to the Internet at risk at any given time.”

Much of the discussion centered on how increasing connectivity opens new avenues for cyber-attack and how cooperation between governments and corporations is one path to mitigating growing cyber security threats.  

Participants also focused on the importance of individual awareness. “I’m here to say that the weakest cyber security link starts with you and with me at our desktop. Stop. Think. Connect,” said Croom.

The event is one of many in which Lockheed Martin will participate during National Cyber Security Awareness month. For more on the event’s panelists and their remarks, read the Washington Post liveblog. Learn about what how you can protect your cyber security at or join the conversation on Twitter with #NCSAM.

Posted October 3, 2013

  • Prominent cyber security experts gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss a rapidly changing threat environment.
  • As the world becomes more connected, attacks are continuing to evolve.
  • Cooperation between cyber security stakeholders in industry and government is crucial to defending against attack.
  • Cyber security starts with individual awareness and education.

A Day at Lockheed Martin's Security Intelligence Centers

A Day at Lockheed Martin's Security Intelligence Centers