A Pivotal Play
Northrop Grumman 'Cync'ing to Prevent Cyber Threats
Why is this a Pivotal Play?
Nuclear weapons, chemical gases, and heavy artillery are typically the first things that come to mind when we think of war. As technology gets 'smarter,' however, it can be easy to forget about one of the most elusive battlefields of all: the cyber world. In partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Northrop Grumman devised the "Cync" program (a division of the bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator program) to cultivate startups in the federal government and Intelligence communities. Target businesses are ones that focus on predicting and preventing cyber attacks. The program has already been implemented in five organizations and has a "wait-list" of over 100 more in the United States alone. All of the five initial ventures now have at least one client and are operating with measurable revenue.
Northrop Grumman leverages the partnership with UMBC (which offers a lauded Cybersecurity program), by offering a series of student internships aimed at cultivating the next generation in cyber defense. By implementing the Cync program, Northrop Grumman has changed the game in the ever-evolving cyber community. They expanded their strategic reach by influencing startups, and are also committed to moving the field forward by training young minds in the art of preventing cyber terrorism.