News | August 17, 2009

Northrop Grumman Opens Cyber Security Operations Center


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

Washington, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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.

SOURCE: Northrop Grumman Corp.

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