By Andrea Shalal-Esa
The Pentagon's No. 1 supplier, Lockheed Martin Corp, has cited dramatic growth in the number and sophistication of international cyber attacks on its networks and said it was contacting suppliers to help them shore up their security.
Chandra McMahon, Lockheed vice president and chief information security officer, said about 20 percent of the threats directed at Lockheed networks were considered "advanced persistent threats," prolonged and targeted attacks by a nation state or other group trying to steal data or harm operations.
"The number of campaigns has increased dramatically over the last several years," McMahon told a news conference. "The pace has picked up."
She said the tactics and techniques were becoming increasingly sophisticated, and attackers were clearly targeting Lockheed suppliers to gain access to information since the company had fortified its own networks.