Government and Defense Industry – Primary Target of Attackers

The government & defense sector is projected to hold the largest share in the advanced persistent threat protection market as this vertical remains the primary target for the attackers. The continuously evolving threats have impacted this industry by increasing the risks and challenges and stealing sensitive information. APT attacks can reduce the ability to deliver critical mission functions and can harm the public trust. APT groups target the defense industry for stealing the intellectual properties of defense capabilities to be the first to produce and sell in the arms market and develop the countermeasures. APT groups are expected to continue targeting the government & defense industry to steal data, which can be valuable for sponsoring the government in terms of military, political, and economic advantages.

  • Recently in 2018, security experts identified Gallmaker, an unknown APT group, which uses publicly available hacking tools for targeting government, military, and defense
  • In 2018, hackers known as Fancy Bear, targeted the employees of the defense giants, Raytheon Co., Airbus Group, Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co., and General Atomics, as they were working on rockets, missiles, stealth fighter jets, militarized drones, cloud-computing platforms, and other sensitive activities.

Many companies are providing APT protection solutions for the government & defense industry: Symantec, Palo Alto Networks, IBM, Cisco, and FireEye among others.

Example: FireEye, a cybersecurity company, partnered with federal governments for protecting their national security and provided product and services to almost every department of the US Government and support the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The company’s Government ETP service was the first email security service focused on advanced threat protection.

Sonam Chawla,
Research Analyst,
Infoholic Research