COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Oct. 16, 2014 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has provided $70,000 to the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) to conduct research on cyber protection. Under the nine-month pilot program, the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science will explore and develop technology for enhancing data security and resiliency applicable to Defense Department networks.
“Cyber is an integral part of our nation’s security concerns and we need our best and brightest to fortify the domain,” said Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager, integrated air and missile defense division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. “As a leading provider of full-spectrum cyber capabilities to customers around the world, we are delighted to strengthen our partnership with UCCS to help further research and innovation.”
UCCS was selected as a Northrop Grumman core university partner in January. The partnership is designed to bolster the workforce in the Colorado Springs area through an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and to foster research and development vital to government and industry.
“The integration of students and faculty into real-world research is critical to the academic mission of UCCS. The opportunity for students to have this experience with an industry partner is so important to their future success,” said Pam Shockley-Zalabak, chancellor of UCCS.
UCCS is one of three campuses in the University of Colorado system. With more than 11,000 students enrolled, the university is a minority-serving institution. The College of Engineering and Applied Science at UCCS is ranked by U.S. News & World Report sixth in the nation among public institutions, including service academies. The college offers undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs in mechanical and aerospace engineering, computer science and electrical engineering.
Northrop Grumman has more than 2,000 employees in Colorado with approximately 500 in the Colorado Springs area working under the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Joint National Integration Center Research and Development Contract. As the prime contractor, the company conducts Ballistic Missile Defense System-level modeling and simulation, ground and flight tests, war games, exercises, mission-critical operations and related analysis in Colorado Springs, Huntsville, Alabama and other locations.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
SOURCE: Northrop Grumman