• Highlights include:
  • CyberPatriot IV Competition Kick Off
  • Cybersecurity Career showcase at Engineering EXPO for Fairfax County Public School students
  • Washington Post Live Cyber Discussion Oct. 27

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 5, 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is raising awareness in October for safe cyber practices and the need to secure our nation's cyber infrastructure during the 8 th Annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In addition to promoting cyber safety, the company will highlight innovative technologies to mitigate the threat, elevate discussion of the top cybersecurity issues facing our nation and spotlight the need to groom tomorrow's workforce.

Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month engages public and private sector partners to raise cyber awareness, educate Americans about cybersecurity, and increase the resiliency of the nation and its cyber infrastructure.

"Our interconnected environment requires a true team effort for effective cybersecurity," said Mike Papay, vice president, cyber initiatives, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "That's why partnerships are paramount to helping us meet the challenge and mitigate the growing threat. Partnerships drive information sharing, collaboration, technology innovation and enable workforce development. We look forward to doing our part to raise awareness and highlight the need to secure our infrastructure so we can take advantage of the enormous benefits that come from our digital world."

Through various forums and webinars in October, Northrop Grumman cyber executives will promote dialogue about cyber challenges facing our nation including the insider threat, building cybersecurity into the acquisition process, the value of international cooperation and grooming tomorrow's workforce.

Monthly highlights:

As presenting sponsor of CyberPatriot IV, the Northrop Grumman Foundation is working with the Air Force Association to recruit teams for the nation's premier high school cyber defense competition. October marks the start of this year's competition, with registration closing on Oct. 8. Students will compete over four months in three virtual competition rounds to qualify for the in-person final competition in March 2012. For more information on CyberPatriot IV, or to register a team, go to: www.uscyberpatriot.org .

On Oct. 22, Northrop Grumman will showcase cybersecurity careers during the 2011 Engineering EXPO & Engineering College Fair presented by Chantilly High School and Chantilly Academy for Fairfax County Public School students grades 7-12. Northrop Grumman's Paul Seay, director, enterprise architecture and solutions, will keynote the event and company cyber experts will participate in career counseling sessions. Instructors from the Northrop Grumman Cyber Academy will provide demonstrations and workshops that show students how cyber attackers can take control of a computer and gain access to personal information. Northrop Grumman will also feature CyberCIEGE , an interactive cyber defense game developed in partnership with Rivermind, LLC, where students will test their network defense skills in a scenario that will challenge their ability to configure and protect their networks. For more information on the Engineering EXPO, contact: Joan Ozdogan, EXPO Coordinator at jeozdogan@fcps.edu .

Advancing discussion at a national level, Northrop Grumman will sponsor a Washington Post Live Event on Oct. 27 titled "Protecting our Nation's Assets." Open to participants nationwide, the live-streamed session will feature thought leaders from government and industry. For more information, go to : www.washingtonpostlive.com .

The Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium, which includes Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University, will kick-off its third year of research projects this month, expanding its portfolio of cyber and cloud security projects. Northrop Grumman will also continue integrating the university research results into its own internal offerings.

Internally, Northrop Grumman will continue promoting cybersecurity awareness to employees. The company will host internal awareness seminars, weekly cyber tips, and other activities to educate employees about how they can safely operate in a digital environment both personally and professionally.

Northrop Grumman is an industry leader in all aspects of computer network operations and cybersecurity, offering customers innovative solutions to help secure the nation's cyber future. For more information about Northrop Grumman's cybersecurity capabilities and activities during the month of October, go to: http://www.northropgrumman.com/cybersecurity .

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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