Northrop Grumman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Expand Cync Program to Drive Innovation in Cyber Technology

Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:00am EDT

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BALTIMORE,  March 15, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:
NOC) and the University of  Maryland,  Baltimore County  (UMBC) Research  Park
Corporation  (bwtech@UMBC) have expanded the Cync program, a cybersecurity
technology incubator initiative, to include three additional companies, among
them the program's first international cyber provider. iWebGate of  Perth,
Australia, joins DB Networks of  San Diego  and Light Point Security of 
Baltimore  as the latest companies to participate in Cync.  

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The Northrop Grumman Cync Program is a partnership between Northrop Grumman and
bwtech@UMBC, aimed at commercializing technology to help provide protection from
a growing range of cyber threats. The program builds on bwtech@UMBC's successful
business-incubation framework by offering a "scholarship program" for companies
with the most promising cybersecurity ideas.

"As the cyber threat continues to evolve, we need to invest in emerging
technology and business ventures to support development of new global network
defense capabilities," said  Jim Myers, vice president and general manager of
Northrop Grumman's Cyber Solutions division. "The Northrop Grumman Cync program
is doing just that, building a global incubator of solutions that will help
defend networks and speed innovative solutions to our customers."

Northrop Grumman funds the program and serves as a strategic partner, leveraging
its resources and applying them in a focused way to cultivate companies to
develop solutions to counter the global cyber threat. Cync is part of the
bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator program on the campus, a research and technology
community that is home to nearly 100 technology and life science companies.  

Current participants in the Cync program include AccelerEyes, Five Directions,
KoolSpan, Oculis Labs and Spotkick (formerly Rogue Networks). Several of these
companies have earned Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Fast
Track awards and signed agreements with information technology providers.   

"Our partnership with Northrop Grumman has proven very successful in attracting
innovative cybersecurity product companies to bwtech@UMBC," said  Ellen
Hemmerly, president and executive director, bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology
Park. "We are delighted to be welcoming three new companies into Cync, further
elevating the prestige of the program."

iWebGate is developing a revolutionary network capability called Software
Network Architecture. Part of the innovation deploys a multitenant, security
tested network between private networks and the Internet - called a "Ghost
Network." This change in network architecture provides more security and adds
capability to existing information and communication technology infrastructure. 
For more about iWebGate, go to  www.iwebgate.com.

Northrop Grumman selected iWebGate to participate under their global supply
chain's Australian Collaboration Team initiative. Through this initiative,
Northrop Grumman will identify opportunities for iWebGate to compete as a
supplier across its whole product range.

DB Networks is an innovator of behavioral analysis-based database security
equipment, which is used as an effective countermeasure against advanced
weaponized structured query language injection and database denial of service
attacks. For more about DB Networks, go to  http://www.dbnetworks.com/.

Light Point Security uses virtualization and the cloud to provide a secure web
browsing solution to protect corporate networks from web-based malware. For more
about Light Point Security, go to  http://lightpointsecurity.com/.

The Cync program's aim is to identify, develop and commercialize cyber solutions
that meet the needs of the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and
Justice, as well as the intelligence community. Companies focus their work on
advancements in situational awareness/visualization, sensors, processing,
workflow management, and modeling and simulation. The program offers an 18-month
scholarship for high-potential, early-stage companies. Participants in the
program draw on UMBC's research expertise and talented students as well as
bwtech's experienced entrepreneurs and access to capital. For more, go to 
www.bwtechumbc.com

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit  www.northropgrumman.com  for more information.

SOURCE  Northrop Grumman Corporation


Matt Szemborski, Northrop Grumman Corporation, +1-703-556-2384,
matthew.szemborski@ngc.com, or Nicole Ruediger, University of Maryland,
Baltimore County, +1-410-455-5791, nruedige@umbc.edu

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