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Cybersecurity in Defense – Thematic Research

Military and civilian organizations are plagued by cyberattacks, which are becoming increasingly advanced. State and non-state actors use the cyber domain as their new battlefield, as it allows them to operate in the “Grey Zone” or in the low-intensity warfare spectrum as it also known.

Cyberattacks can inflict serious disruptions and damages to a country’s economy, political stability, force readiness and generally in its national security. Disruptions in telecommunications due to a cyberattack will have a serious financial impact and will affect a military’s ability to operate at its full capabilities.

Moreover, networks and transactions between states are rapidly expanding, thereby increasing the need for security. Lately, with the outbreak of COVID-19 and tele-working, that need has been further exacerbated. The best way for a country to secure its military and civilian cyber capabilities is through cooperation with other states. It is not an easy procedure, as it required planning and funding. Organizations such as NATO and the EU/EDA can provide the require support to develop collective defenses.

The report “Cybersecurity in defense – Thematic Research” summarizes the Cybersecurity market and provides information about the business opportunities in it and the direction of market trends.The main trends in cybersecurity operations over the next 12 to 24 months are highlighted. We classify these trends into four categories: Defense Trends, Technology Trends, Regulatory Trends and Macroeconomic Trends.The report also includes an in-depth industry analysis, the impact of cybersecurity in defense, key use cases of the forces used in cybersecurity operations and how modern technology could further improve their capabilities.

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Cybersecurity is a domain that is continuously evolving as threats do so. Military or civilian organizations, or even states themselves cannot follow the pace. Cooperation among states, jointness between agencies, increased funding and quick procurement processes are essential in addressing the gaps.

China, North Korea, Iran and Russia pose the main threats against Western military and civilian targets. Continually defending friendly targets will allow the opponent to maintain the initiative. To address that it is essential to wage operations to the opponent’s side. Therefore, it is essential to wage offensive cyberoperations at the opponent’s cyber offensive assets.

With the digitization of the battlefield and the importance of expeditionary forces, cybersecurity is also crucial for edge systems, which would not only include C4ISR infrastructure deployed in the battlefield, but also vehicles, vessels, aircraft and space systems.

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Companies Mentioned

BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Palantir Technologies, Sopra Steria, Thales, Blackberry, Cisco Systems, FirEye, Fortinet, IBM, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Secureworks, Verizon, Balbix, Beyond Identity, Bitglass, Cybereason, Darktrace, ForgeRock, Recorded Future, Secret Double Octopus, SentinelOne, Sophos.

Table of Contents


Technology briefing


Defense trends

Technology trends

Macroeconomic trends

Regulatory trends

Industry analysis

Market size and growth forecasts

Moving towards the edge

Merges and acquisitions

Venture funding for cybersecurity companies


Impact of cybersecurity in defense

Value chain


Defense vendors

Civilian vendors


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