Firms Bid on NATO Cyberwar

NATO, fresh from its battlefield success in Libya, is focusing on the next front: cyberwar.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Monday will collect bids from some of the world’s top defense companies, including Lockheed Martin Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp., to update and expand the alliance’s cybersecurity abilities.

The €32 million ($42 million) contract, although valued at less than the price of one fighter jet, holds great significance because it cements the alliance’s role in protecting cutting-edge infrastructure, say NATO officials.

“It’s a small amount of money but it’s technically ambitious,” said Suleyman Anil, head of NATO’s Cyber Defense Section, in an interview.

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