By Paul McDougall
August 5, 2009 09:13 AM
Defense contractor and IT outsourcer Northrop Grumman said it opened a new computer security center in suburban Maryland to better protect its 105,000 customers from hackers, identity thieves, espionage agents and other lawbreakers who use the Internet to carry out crimes.
Northrop's Cyber Security Operations Center is staffed around the clock by workers who will remotely monitor 10,000 servers and other digital equipment operated by the company's customers. They'll also keep tabs on Northrop's own internal hardware and software.
"Northrop Grumman has one of private industry's largest and most sophisticated digital infrastructures," said Tim McKnight, VP and chiefinformation security officer for Northrop's Information Systems sector, in a statement.
"The growing sophistication of cyber threats requires that we take assertive and holistic measures to defend our network and protect critical information assets. To respond, Northrop Grumman has integrated the latest cyber security technologies to meet this threat head on" said McKnight.