Northrop joining Homeland Security cybersecurity program

May 14, 2013 at 8:59 AM

FALLS CHURCH, Va., May 14 (UPI) -- A U.S. Department of Homeland Security program to enhance cybersecurity protections for critical infrastructure is being joined by Northrop Grumman.

The Homeland Security Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program is an information-sharing project for owners and operators of infrastructure. Homeland Security will share classified and unclassified cyberthreat "indicators" with designated Commercial Service Providers, who in turn use the indicators to provide approved cybersecurity services to authorized critical infrastructure entities.

Northrop, which has signed a memorandum of agreement with the department is starting a security accreditation process necessary before approval as an authorized commercial services provider under the program.

"The Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program is a smart way to extend cyber protections to assets, networks and systems that are vital to the security of our country," said Jim Myers, vice president and general manager, Cyber Solutions division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

"As a leader in cybersecurity, we understand that securing our critical infrastructure against cyber intrusion is essential to our economic well-being and national security."

Northrop Grumman last year joined with AREVA Inc. to provide cybersecurity protection support for the nuclear industry.

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