The cyber market remains relatively new, with a number of integrators looking to break into the market through mergers or acquisitions of smaller companies with a cyber capability. Barbara Fast, VP of Cyber Solutions at Boeing, believes that the federal government will continue to increase spending levels on cybersecurity despite larger budgetary cutbacks.
Over the next few year, Fast thinks that the Department of Defense will increase spending on both offensive and defensive capabilities, particularly as U.S. opponents continue to increase their cyber capabilities. U.S. cyber opponents are able to quickly adapt their attack strategies, taking advantage of new technological advances or vulnerabilities.
Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly targeted. Attackers appear to have an in-depth knowledge of their targets and are able to tailor their attacks to go after specific information on a network.