In partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University, Northrop Grumman Corp. is launching a multimillion-dollar initiative to combat cyber attacks and secure computer hardware, software and information-sharing systems.
Robert Brammer, chief technology officer of Northrop Grumman’s information systems division, said the company has been working in cybersecurity for more than 20 years, and he has never seen threats as intense as now.
Brammer added “To help mitigate these threats, we must bring together industry and our academic institutions. By combining the creative intellectual freedoms of academia with the full spectrum capabilities within Northrop Grumman, we can accelerate the pace of taking novel ideas to significant application. We have an obligation to our clients and our nation to invest in new technologies to get ahead of the cybersecurity threat. This consortium will serve to organize some important U.S. organizations to help increase our nation’s security in cyberspace.”
The Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium (NGCRC) members maintain laboratories and centers recognized worldwide for their research in this area. They include Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), and Purdue’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS).
Some of the problems the consortium will work on include attribution in cyberspace, supply chain risk, and securing critical infrastructure networks. Initially, NGCRC will sponsor 10 projects and provide graduate student fellowships while continuing its research on the many various elements of cybersecurity.
NGCRC members will also coordinate research projects, share information and best practices, develop curricula, write joint case studies and other publications, and provide additional learning opportunities and applications for students and the defense community.