By Marjorie Censer
The Washington Post
September 6, 2010
Large defense contractors are increasingly readying to bid for
cybersecurity work by buying or partnering with smaller firms that
specialize in closely monitoring the data that courses over
One chief capability in demand these days is known as "deep packet
inspection," or the ability to analyze the packets of data traveling
along Internet lines. Companies able to do this kind of work are
attracting considerable attention from contracting powerhouses,
reflecting the fast pace at which the cybersecurity market is developing
and the substantial investments companies are making now in hopes they
will pay off later.
McLean-based Science Applications International Corp. bought CloudShield
Technologies of Sunnyvale, Calif., earlier this year, and Boeing's St.
Louis-based defense business announced this summer it would purchase
Narus of Sunnyvale.
More recently, deep packet inspection company Bivio Networks of
Pleasanton, Calif., said it would partner with both General Dynamics of
Falls Church as well as Global Crossing, which has its government
business in Reston.
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