The cybersecurity boom

The cybersecurity boom
The cybersecurity boom 

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 
cybersecurity product.

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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