The world is more interconnected than ever before. However, for all the advantages that connectivity brings, there is also an increased risk of fraud, theft, and abuse. As people become more reliant on advancing technology, they also become more vulnerable to cyberattacks, such as breaches, spear phishing, and social media fraud. Military Cybersecurity refers to a set of techniques used to protect the integrity of networks, programs, and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access to the defense systems.
The cyberspace is vulnerable to a wide range of risks. Individuals or countries can exploit vulnerabilities in the defense networks of other countries to steal information, and can develop the capability to disrupt, destroy, or threaten the delivery of essential services. A wide range of traditional crimes can now be perpetrated through the cyberspace, which, in turn, can have substantial human and economic consequences.
The cyberspace is particularly difficult to secure, due to two main factors:
1) The ability of malicious agents to operate from anywhere in the world.
2) The link between the cyberspace and physical systems, and the difficulty of reducing vulnerabilities and consequences in complexly interconnected cybernetworks.
Why Cybersecurity Is Necessary in the Military
The fundamental function of cybersecuirty is to protect information and systems from major cyberthreats. These cyberthreats take many forms, such as application attacks, malware, ransomware, phishing, and exploit kits. Regrettably, malicious agents have learned to launch sophisticated threats at lower costs, such as automated attacks, using these tactics. As a result, keeping up with cybersecuirty strategies and operations can be a challenge, particularly in the government and military sectors, where cyberthreats often take aim at secret, political, military, or infrastructural assets of a country, or its people. Some of these threats are:
- Cyberterrorism: A disruptive use of computer or information technology by terrorist groups, to enforce their ideological or political agenda. This usually takes the form of attacks on networks, computer systems, and telecommunication infrastructures.
- Cyberwarfare: In many countries, cyberwarfare has been acknowledged as the fifth domain of warfare after land, sea, air and space. It involves the nation’s use of information technology to penetrate another nation’s networks to cause damage or disruption. Cyberwarfare attacks are primarily executed by hackers, who are well-trained in exploiting the intricacies of computer networks, and operate under the backing and support of the country. A cyberwarfare attack may intrude into networks to compromise valuable data, degrade communications, impair infrastructural services, such as transportation and medical services, or interrupt commerce.
- Cyberespionage: The practice of using information technology to obtain secret information without permission from its owners or holders. Cyberespionage is most often used to gain strategic, economic, political, or military advantage, and is conducted using cracking techniques and malware.
Rapid Growth in Defense Spending
Though the defense budgets in North America and parts of West Europe are declining, the cybersecurity market for the defense industry is expected to grow at a significant pace, during the forecast period. This growth is driven by investments in cloud network solutions for battlefield management, data protection, and wireless security solutions, along with the development of network- and cloud-security software. For instance, the United States aimed to increase its National Nuclear Security by 3.3% amounting to 12.94 billion, to address the vulnerabilities of the country’s defense capabilities. The market in Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and UAE, are expected to witness the fastest growth. This is due to the growing number of attacks on government network portals in Saudi Arabia and UAE in the past years, which has created the demand for the deployment of Unified Threat Management (UTM) cyber security solutions, cyber-attack alarms, and cyber intrusion prevention technology.
Source: Statista & Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIRPI)
Leading Companies in the Military Cybersecurity Market
The report also examines the role of leading market players involved in the industry. Some of the key players listed in the study are:
Cisco Systems Inc.
Intel Security Group
Dell SecureWorks Inc.
Verizon Communications Inc.
Innovation is driving the cybersecurity market in defense. To keep pace with modern defense advancements, countries have developed new technologies, such as unmanned vehicles and hypersonic weapons, among others. These advancements are highly dependent on data and connectivity, making them susceptible to breaches and attacks. Thus, there is a growing necessity for the companies to focus on developing counter measures to safeguard critical information.
About the Market:
The Military Cyber security market is expected to register a CAGR of 10.1%, during the forecast period (2018 – 2023). The defense industry, across the world, has witnessed a dynamic change over the past decade, with great impetus for advances made in the cybersecurity market.
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