Safeguarding F-15s, And Your Credit Card

Government contractors look at securing commercial networks
Northrop's Tim McKnight says networks are the U.S.'s "weak underbelly" Andrew Cutraro for Bloomberg Businessweek

Unless they're buying low-priced sneakers, battle tank designers don't interact much with discount retailers. Still, when cyber thieves stole millions of customer records in 2007 from TJX (TJX), the operator of Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, the company called in experts from General Dynamics (GD). Based in Falls Church, Va., the defense contractor is better known as the maker of the military's Abrams battle tanks. "Within hours, our forensic experts were able to identify how the breach occurred and we were able to fix the problem," says Nadia D. Short, vice-president for strategic planning at General Dynamics.

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