Cyber security as the name suggests is employed in order to protect software based technology used across military as well as civil applications from threat posed by external sources. The growth in reliance on data and the increased use of electronic platforms to convey messages instates a requirement for heightened information security. Very often, the information relayed across these platforms is highly sensitive in nature, thus the use of this technology is poised to add a sense of increased security which makes the process of information transfer smoother.
Major factors driving the growth of the market
The increasing demand for network centric warfare and C4/C5ISR systems will increase the demand for cyber security systems, cyber security will be a vital component of any network centric operation and it ensures integrity of data transfer between the sender and receiver. The increasing demand for cyber security systems will also be driven by increasing cyber-attacks on critical military assets such as websites and backend servers for rendering them useless or steal confidential data and blueprints. Hence the cyber security market will see considerable growth.
Trends influencing the growth of the market
As per cyber security industry trends, an increase in geo-political conflict is one of the key factors that are poised to drive the requirement for a growth in cyber security. As of 2022, it was noted that China took a rather controversial political stance. Countries like India, Australia, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States have stated China has made an attempt to steal and trade sensitive information. Certain OEMs like Vodafone and Microsoft have also reinforced the same on several occasions. As of 2022, Chinese state sponsored hackers were noted to have targeted state sponsored power grids stationed in Ladakh. This attempt of cyber espionage was noted to be one of the many attacks led by China against India during the last decade.
On studying the cybersecurity industry trends, it was noted that the sophistication of the cyber attackers have been increasing owing to the increased dependency of the population on the telecom/ internet services for information transfer. During the onset of COVID-19 it was noted that most of the working class population moved their operations online. Therefore, the amount of information relayed online was also seen to increase substantially which led to a relatively increased propensity of cyber attacks across both public as well as private sector.
The implementation of Zero trust framework owing to the increased market penetration of cyberattacks was seen to be a logical solution to suppress the cybercrime wave across the global market. The Zero trust framework works on the principle of strong identity management. Zero trust refers to the practice of continuously confirming network users’ identities before granting them access to data and applications. This technology was implemented by IT giants within the commercial market in order to boost their security based services.
Increasing defense spending will drive the market for new procurement activities and upgrades to existing platforms with newer technologies and capabilities. The increase in defense spending will encourage procurement of cyber security systems. Procurement will also be driven by prevailing geo political conditions in Europe and the Asia Pacific.
It is no secret that the Department of Defense has been striving to make sure that contractors adhere to the cybersecurity requirements required to secure information vital to the defence of this country. DoD is looking for ways to guarantee that contractors handling Covered Defense Information (CDI) have systems that are compliant with the cybersecurity standards found in the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171. This is true even though the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) programme won’t be fully implemented for a few more years. One way the DoD has accomplished this is by requiring contractors to enter a score into the Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) in November 2020 that reflects their level of compliance with the 110 controls in NIST SP 800-171.
The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency has awarded a potential five-year, $153.4 million contract to the information technology firm Echelon Services to provide enterprise and transformational cybersecurity support services. DCSA requested proposals for the firm-fixed-price, labor-hour contract from seven 8(a) small enterprises, and the Department of Defense stated Friday that $8.6 million was committed at the time of award. The award consists of a one-year performance base period and four option years. Echelon Services is a native Hawaiian organization-owned business that offers a variety of IT services to government and commercial clients, including cloud and virtualization, intelligence analysis, systems engineering, data management, and security integration.