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Northrop Grumman, UMBC team on cybersecurity incubator

Northrop Grumman Corp. and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County are teaming up to create a business incubator housing companies developing new technologies to combat cyber threats.

The defense contracting giant and UMBC will launch the Northrop Grumman Cync Program, a “scholarship” program for companies with promising ideas to protect the hardware, software and information networks that move and store sensitive data and aid national defense.

Companies selected for the program will be part of UMBC’s bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park. Officials describe it as a natural fit for a region tying a good portion of its economic development future to growing its cybersecurity presence, which is centered at the National Security Agency in Anne Arundel County.

College campuses across the state have been adding degree and certificate programs to prepare students for an expected explosion of cybersecurity jobs.

“Northrop Grumman is excited to partner with bwtech on this important initiative,” said Chris Valentino, Northrop Grumman cybersecurity director and technical fellow, in a statement Monday. “This technology is even more important as our reliance on cybersecurity increases, and collaborating with both academia and small businesses brings a breadth of technological expertise that goes beyond what any one entity is able to supply.”

Participating companies will be provided with office space, business support services and academic resources, including access to faculty and student employees. For more on the program and information about applying, visit www.advantageincubator.com.

Northrop Grumman’s electronic systems unit is based in Linthicum.

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