By Marjorie Censer and Tom Temin
May 10, 2010
When cybersecurity firm Triumfant was founded in late 2002, it developed
software meant to assist help desks in managing information technology
problems. The company soon found a more valuable use for its software:
detecting malicious acts on networks of computers and making automatic
Earlier this year, the small Rockville-based firm, which has fewer than
20 employees, announced it is partnering with Fairfax-based SRA
International, a major government contractor, to beef up SRA's
The company -- which today works exclusively in the cybersecurity field
-- is just one of the beneficiaries of what analysts say is a growing
boom in cybersecurity work. From small, recently-established firms all
the way up to the well-known defense contracting giants, local companies
are building up their cyber credentials.
There's plenty of reason for the surge. The increasing number and
intensity of cyberattacks has attracted the attention of the Obama
administration and Congress, which have begun steering new dollars to
the problem. And much of that new spending is focused on the Washington
region, as the federal government consolidates many of its
cybersecurity-focused agencies in the area.
With the National Security Agency, the soon-to-be-relocated Defense
Information Systems Agency and the newly-founded U.S. Cyber Command at
Fort Meade; the Department of Homeland Security set to move to
Anacostia; and the Pentagon just across the river, a region known for
information technology is fast becoming a cybersecurity capital.
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