GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Communications company Verizon has joined the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance to counter cybertreats to U.S. information technology infrastructure.
The alliance, composed of leading companies in the security industry brings together cybersecurity capabilities and technologies in a collaborative effort.
"With its use of technology, broad industry knowledge and solid portfolio of cybersecurity solutions, we are pleased to welcome Verizon to the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance," said Curt Aubley, vice president and chief technology officer of Lockheed's NexGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Center.
"Through close collaboration with the other Alliance members, we will work with Verizon to explore and identify emerging network defense capabilities to support customers in both government and commercial areas."
Lockheed's NextGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Center is a research and development facility that brings together alliance members and their customers to develop pilot cybersecurity programs.
Lockheed Martin said it and Verizon will apply their intelligence-driven threat detection and defense methodologies to various projects undertaken by the alliance. Verizon also will contribute insights gained its studies on data breaches.
"The threats posed by cyber-crime are very real and impact every person and organization across the United States and around the world," said Susan Zeleniak, senior vice president, public sector markets, Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
"By working together through organizations such as the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance, we can identify common-sense solutions to combat these threats and help ensure the integrity of critical data, applications and systems."