Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Northrop Grumman Opens Cyber Security Operations Center

Northrop Grumman Opens Cyber Security Operations Center

New Cyber Center to Protect Company's Global Digital Infrastructure and
Defend Against Intrusions and Cybercrime

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 29, 2009 - Northrop Grumman
Corporation (NYSE:NOC) last week opened a new, state-of-the-art Cyber
Security Operations Center (CSOC), a comprehensive cyber threat
detection and response center that focuses on protecting Northrop
Grumman and its customers' networks and data worldwide.

The opening was announced today during a press briefing at the
National Press Club, where company officials also briefed reporters on
Northrop Grumman's cybersecurity capabilities.

The CSOC is a world-class facility that delivers the company's
core security services and innovative solutions developed for the
Northrop Grumman network and its customers. Located in suburban
Maryland, the CSOC is staffed around-the-clock, providing security
monitoring for more than 105,000 clients and 10,000 servers worldwide.

"Northrop Grumman has one of private industry's largest and
most sophisticated digital infrastructures," said Tim McKnight, vice
president and chief information security officer of Northrop Grumman
Information Systems sector. "The growing sophistication of cyber
threats requires that we take assertive and holistic measures to defend
our network and protect critical information assets. To respond,
Northrop Grumman has integrated the latest cyber security technologies
to meet this threat head-on. Along with more than a decade of expertise
in information security for .mil and .gov customers, this new center
creates a game-changing capability that will not only better protect
our networks, but will keep pace with the ever-changing nature of the
threat. Equally important, what we learn can be directly applied to our
cyber customers."

This 6,300 square foot facility is equipped with a large
classified conference facility and secure connectivity to numerous
customer networks. The heart of the CSOC is the security operations
center floor, where analysts use customized tools to monitor and
process more than 1.5 billion daily cyber events that occur on the
Northrop Grumman network.

"Advanced technology is key to defending any network, but it is
the experience and curiosity of our analysts that allow us to
proactively identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities," added McKnight.
"They keep our network resilient and secure by constantly trying to
make connections, determine if events are random or not. It's like a
cyber 'CSI'."

At the CSOC, incident handlers respond to suspected security
incidents; computer forensic examiners collect and analyze evidence
from digital media; a technical team develops and deploys solutions and
systems used within the CSOC; intelligence operators analyze and report
on internal and external threats; and computer network defense experts
design and develop security capabilities that can identify advanced
threats. Many of these internal capabilities are even replicated in
Northrop Grumman's external delivery as the Tier One security provider
to multiple government agencies.

Northrop Grumman is an industry leader in all aspects of
computer network operations and cyber security, offering customers
innovative solutions to help secure the nation's cyber future. Northrop
Grumman is the first company to be able to share a trusted identity
with its U.S. Department of Defense customer through secure encrypted
email. For more information about Northrop Grumman in cybersecurity, go

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security
company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products,
and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems,
shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial
customers worldwide.

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