Rod Nordland in the NYT has your Monday must-read article out on Afghanistan. He gives a great view of the state of play as we enter the ending weeks
Northrop Grumman Launches Advanced Cyber Technology Center, Dedicated to Solving Hard Problems in the Cyber Domain
WASHINGTON – Nov. 19, 2014 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today the launch of its new Advanced Cyber Technology Center (ACTC), a focal point for cyber innovation across the corporation.
The announcement was made during a media briefing at the National Press Club where Northrop Grumman cyber experts described the center as a game-changer because it leverages technology, partnerships and world-class expertise from every corner of the company to offer customers innovative and affordable solutions to the hardest cyber challenges.
"The dynamic nature of the cyber threat requires a new approach to the problem – one that leverages expertise and technological innovation from every mission area of our company," said Shawn Purvis, vice president and general manager, cyber division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "Through the ACTC, we can collaborate across our global presence to develop strategic capabilities that address a variety of customer and mission needs. We're pursuing the best, most innovative ideas and investing affordably to bolster our nation's cyber resiliency and continued technological superiority."
ACTC links technologists and partners from across the company to rapidly deploy solutions to the toughest cyber challenges. There will be four major collaboration centers, located in Virginia, Maryland, the United Kingdom and Australia that serve as regional centers developing advanced solutions and demonstrating the art of the possible to customers, worldwide.
"We're investing strategically to provide affordable solutions to the most complex customer needs," said Vern Boyle, director of technology, cyber division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "The ACTC is a new way of combining expertise from a force of more than 2,400 cyber professionals with an array of intellectual property from key partners across the government, industry and academia to address our customer's toughest cyber challenges."
The company also gave reporters an inside look into the challenges faced by cyber warfighters through a training class hosted at the press club by Northrop Grumman's Cyber Academy. The training demonstrated the importance of reducing the time between network intrusion and the identification and elimination of that intrusion, and how ACTC solutions are addressing these issues today, and tomorrow.
Established in 2011, the Northrop Grumman Cyber Academy provides training courses, learning opportunities and career certification pathways for employees and customers to increase their knowledge of cybersecurity and cyber warfare. The Cyber Academy helps ensure Northrop Grumman has the most knowledgeable, qualified talent available to take on the full spectrum of cyber challenges for its customers.