Defense contractor Lockheed Martin recently revealed that last week it suffered a brief, albeit unnerving, cyber attack to one of its information systems networks.
The Maryland-based firmed reported that it was able to detect the attack "almost immediately" and acted quickly enough so that no significant damage was done. In a statement, the company said that no customer, employee or program data had been compromised as a result of the breach.
Though details on the cyber attack are sparse, the New York Times reported that Lockheed informed the White House of the incident. According to the Times, White House spokesman Jay Carney echoed that the damage was minimal. However, as the United States' largest military contractor, the data breach does highlight the important role that effective data security practices can play when protecting the nation's critical infrastructure.
Lockheed announced that it is conducting an investigation of the incident and will keep government agencies informed of any security issues.
"To counter the constant threats we face from adversaries around the world, we regularly take actions to increase the security of our systems and to protect our employee, customer and program data," the company said in a release. "Our policies, procedures and vigilance mitigate the cyber threats to our business, and we remain confident in the integrity of our robust, multi-layered information systems security."
Cybersecurity, particularly when it involves defense and military entities, can be a hair-raising thought. However, the government is currently taking steps to improve the security of the nation's critical IT infrastructure.
In May, the White House published its new international strategy for cyberspace. The report outlined plans the military will implement to address "21st century security challenges," which include steps to building alliances with other countries and expanding cyberspace cooperation with allies.