Northrop Grumman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Expand Cync Program to Drive Innovation in Cyber Technology
BALTIMORE – March 15, 2013 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Research Park Corporation (bwtech@UMBC) have expanded the Cync program, a
cybersecurity technology incubator initiative, to include three additional companies, among them the program's first international cyber provider. iWebGate of Perth, Australia, joins DB Networks of San Diego
and Light Point Security of Baltimore as the latest companies to
participate in Cync.
The Northrop Grumman Cync Program is a partnership between
Northrop Grumman and bwtech@UMBC, aimed at commercializing technology to
help provide protection from a growing range of cyber threats. The
program builds on bwtech@UMBC's successful business-incubation framework
by offering a "scholarship program" for companies with the most
promising cybersecurity ideas.
"As the cyber threat continues to evolve, we need to invest in
emerging technology and business ventures to support development of new
global network defense capabilities," said Jim Myers, vice president and
general manager of Northrop Grumman's Cyber Solutions division. "The
Northrop Grumman Cync program is doing just that, building a global
incubator of solutions that will help defend networks and speed
innovative solutions to our customers."
Northrop Grumman funds the program and serves as a strategic
partner, leveraging its resources and applying them in a focused way to
cultivate companies to develop solutions to counter the global cyber
threat. Cync is part of the bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator program on the
campus, a research and technology community that is home to nearly 100
technology and life science companies.
Current participants in the Cync program include AccelerEyes,
Five Directions, KoolSpan, Oculis Labs and Spotkick (formerly Rogue
Networks). Several of these companies have earned Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Fast Track awards and signed agreements
with information technology providers.
"Our partnership with Northrop Grumman has proven very successful
in attracting innovative cybersecurity product companies to
bwtech@UMBC," said Ellen Hemmerly, president and executive director,
bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park. "We are delighted to be
welcoming three new companies into Cync, further elevating the prestige
of the program."
iWebGate is developing a revolutionary network capability called
Software Network Architecture. Part of the innovation deploys a
multitenant, security tested network between private networks and the
Internet – called a "Ghost Network." This change in network architecture
provides more security and adds capability to existing information and
communication technology infrastructure. For more about iWebGate, go to
Northrop Grumman selected iWebGate to participate under their
global supply chain's Australian Collaboration Team initiative. Through
this initiative, Northrop Grumman will identify opportunities for
iWebGate to compete as a supplier across its whole product range.
DB Networks is an innovator of behavioral analysis-based database
security equipment, which is used as an effective countermeasure
against advanced weaponized structured query language injection and
database denial of service attacks. For more about DB Networks, go to http://www.dbnetworks.com/.
Light Point Security uses virtualization and the cloud to provide
a secure web browsing solution to protect corporate networks from
web-based malware. For more about Light Point Security, go to http://lightpointsecurity.com/.
The Cync program's aim is to identify, develop and commercialize
cyber solutions that meet the needs of the departments of Defense,
Homeland Security and Justice, as well as the intelligence community.
Companies focus their work on advancements in situational
awareness/visualization, sensors, processing, workflow management, and
modeling and simulation. The program offers an 18-month scholarship for
high-potential, early-stage companies. Participants in the program draw
on UMBC's research expertise and talented students as well as bwtech's
experienced entrepreneurs and access to capital. For more, go to
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing
innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems,
cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and
commercial customers worldwide. Please visit
www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
Northrop Grumman Corporation
University of Maryland, Baltimore County