05 Oct 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation is launching several initiatives in October to mark the 7th Annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Through its strong public-private partnerships, Northrop Grumman will highlight efforts to groom a dedicated cyber workforce and advance innovative solutions that together will promote a safer cyber future.
Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, National Cybersecurity
Awareness Month highlights the steps being taken by government entities to secure the nation’s cyber infrastructure
“Securing our critical infrastructure demands a dedicated workforce and cutting-edge technologies,” said Linda A. Mills, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Information Systems and the leader of the company’s cybersecurity efforts. “Underpinning success in these efforts is strong public-private partnerships; we’re too interconnected not to work together.” Added Mills, “Our experience in cybersecurity spans 30 years — before ‘cyber’ was fashionable. Whether it’s working “pure cyber” programs – where you’re 100 percent focused on defending a network or those more “cyber-enabled” — where almost every future system will have substantial cyber capability embedded into it, we see strong continued growth and the opportunity to parlay our expertise to address this national security priority.”
“National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is the time of year we need to stop and realize all the things we can do collectively to keep ourselves cyber-educated, cyber-smart, and cyber assured,” commented Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator in recognizing the kick-off of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. On Oct. 15, the company is hosting a Cyber Education Workshop designed to inspire and excite local-area high school students to pursue a career in cybersecurity. As the presenting sponsor for CyberPatriot III, the premier high school cyber defense competition, Northrop Grumman is working with the Air Force Association to recruit teams nationwide to participate. For more information on CyberPatriot or to sign-up a team, go to: www.uscyberpatriot.org. Activities on the technology front include a WashingtonPost.com webchat on Oct. 5, where Dr. Robert F. Brammer, Chief Technology Officer for Northrop Grumman Information Systems will discuss cyber challenges faced by our nation and the technological solutions currently being developed. For more information, go to http://discuss.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/zforum/05/northrop.htm. Other activities throughout the month will highlight the company’s efforts to build a strong workforce including the launch of its new Cyber Academy training facility and new cutting edge research projects, which are expanding as the Cybersecurity Research Consortium enters its second year. Last year, Northrop Grumman joined with three of the nation’s leading cybersecurity research institutions – Carnegie Melon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue – to form a Cybersecurity Research Consortium to advance research in this field and develop solutions to counter the complex cyber threats that face our economy, our freedoms of information, and our national security.
05 Oct 10. Plextek is championing a special Cambridge Wireless Security & Defence Special Interest Group (SIG) event focussing on security issues within next generation public safety requirements. Attendees will be given a valuable insight into potential improvements to public safety services and the technology in use today, in order to alleviate the increasing demands on service personnel. The event takes place at Peterhouse in Cambridge on 14th October 2010. Wireless spectrum has long been an important topic within the global commercial communications agenda yet public services’ communications are often overlooked. However, with London hosting the next Olympic Games in 2012, public safety communication is fast becoming a priority as the UK