As a provider of critical systems and solutions for our customers, Raytheon is committed to the development and deployment of leading-edge technologies that are not only efficient and reliable, but also secure from the full range of real and potential threats. In support of this commitment, since 2005 we have more than doubled our investment in information security capabilities and personnel. As a result, we have greatly enhanced our ability to prevent, detect and respond to cyber attacks, whether against customers or against our own systems and facilities. In the process, we have also assumed a leading role in the expanding cyber security partnership between the aerospace and defense industry and the United States government.
Cyber Security Collaboration
Increasingly, industry and government are experiencing and addressing the same cyber threats on the same cyber battlefield — which means an attack seen by one company or government agency is often seen by many. Rapid information-sharing on threats and attacker tactics can be crucial to effective cyber defense. By quickly analyzing suspect computers, reverse-engineering suspect files and analyzing intelligence data, we are increasingly able to predict and prevent future attacks. Raytheon’s expanding collaboration with industry partners and the government is designed to advance this capability further.
In 2008, we became one of the initial members of the Department of Defense’s Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cyber Task Force. This groundbreaking initiative allows a free flow of information on cyber threat activity between government and key defense contractors while protecting the interests of all parties. Raytheon is also a founding member of the Defense Security Information Exchange chartered under the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Protection program. This highly successful forum complements the strategic collaboration of the DIB by facilitating the sharing of technical details and tactical information on cyber threats.
Raytheon is a primary supporter of Operation Homelink, a nonprofit organization that provides refurbished computers to the families of junior enlisted servicemen and women deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. During 2008, our IT organization collected, prepared and delivered more than 600 computers to Operation Homelink, including numerous computers specially configured to meet the needs of amputees.
Raytheon’s Green IT strategy aggressively examines and modifies IT practices to address energy, climate and environmental priorities. A key goal is to continually improve the energy efficiency of computing operations, both in our data centers and throughout the workplace. Our initial set of actionable Green IT projects resulted in more than $11 million in savings for 2008. Key to this accomplishment was our server virtualization initiative, which enabled us to avoid the cost of building a major new data center despite a 25% growth in capacity demand. Over the longer term, Green IT is laying a foundation for sustainable technology practices that promise to reduce Raytheon’s carbon footprint and help employees make greener decisions both at work and at home.