Six big vendors dominate a fragmented federal cyber market, numbers show

Federal procurement of cybersecurity goods and services is highly fragmented, according to new research published this week, with more than 7,600 different companies winning U.S. government contracts during the past six years. But despite this long tail of small awards, the market space is dominated by a handful of familiar names.

Only six contractors — Leidos, Northrup Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, Hewlett Packard and General Dynamics — earned a billion dollars or more in cyber contracts from the U.S. government in fiscal 2011-16, according to the new report from Govini, a consultancy that crunches procurement numbers.

A handful more — Dell, SAIC, CSRA, CACI, Lockheed Martin, Harris and Raytheon — earned hundreds of millions from the $45.9 billion obligated between 2011-2016 in three categories of federal cybersecurity spending: defense, resilience and threat analytics.

“Acquisition of cybersecurity solutions is highly fragmented now,” Arun Sankaran, Govini’s director of professional services and the report’s lead author told CyberScoop.

The report also shows that federal spending in those three categories rose significantly after 2013, from an average of $6.3 billion a year in 2011-2013, to around $9 billion a year 2014-2016.

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