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2016-05-05

Northrop Grumman Announces Winners of UK's CyberCenturion Competition to Find Cyber Security Talent of the Future

Northrop Grumman Corp.
Press release

Northrop Grumman Announces Winners of UK's CyberCenturion Competition to Find
Cyber Security Talent of the Future

Company congratulates 2016 CyberCenturion Winners and highlights the global
need for increased STEM and cyber education

LONDON, 2016-05-05 13:10 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE:NOC) announces the winners of the 2016 CyberCenturion national finals, a
team competition in a high-pressure, face-to-face cyber defence scenario
against the clock. The competition is one of many initiatives led by Northrop
Grumman to help identify the best young cyber talent.

A photo accompanying this release is available at
http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=40126

The national final was held in the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley
Park and was won by G-Sec, a team from Bayside Comprehensive School, Gibraltar.

CyberCenturion is the U.K.'s first team-based cyber security contest
specifically designed to attract 12-18 year olds. Delivered in partnership with
Cyber Security Challenge U.K., the competition aims to engage talented young
people with an interest in cyber as a way to address the national skills gap in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and encourage
careers in cyber security.

The ten teams in the finals, who competed against hundreds of players from
across the UK and Overseas Territories over three qualifying rounds, were
tasked to defend a fictitious newly created Internet of Things (IoT) business
which was vulnerable to cyber attacks. The scenario tasked contestants to
analyse the company's network and identify and remediate security flaws across
different operating systems – much like those found in businesses across the
country today.

"There is a huge pool of untapped talent and enthusiasm for STEM subjects among
young people and we believe we can use our world-leading expertise in cyber to
help dramatically boost the UK's STEM skills base," added Andrew Tyler, Chief
Executive Europe, Northrop Grumman. "We are addressing this issue around the
world and in addition to CyberCenturion in Europe and CyberPatriot in the US,
we now also have CyberArabia in the Middle East, each aimed at developing
talent and helping inspire and enable young people to pursue a career in cyber
security. It is critical for the future of our global infrastructure that young
people are engaged and that the talent pipeline is filled in this important
area."

"This year we saw double the number of teams signing up to play; a fantastic
result and one we'd like to see again in the third year of the competition,"
said Stephanie Daman, CEO at Cyber Security Challenge UK. "With an expected
deficit of 1.5 million unfulfilled jobs in cyber globally by 2020, we need to
get children interested in cyber at an early age and the diversity of jobs in
the sector means we need individuals from different backgrounds, interests and
areas too."

CyberCenturion is the U.K. version of the proven CyberPatriot competition, part
of a major U.S. national youth cyber STEM education programme presented by the
Northrop Grumman Foundation and created by the Air Force Association. It is
part of the company's commitment to promoting STEM education and to helping
build the U.K.'s pool of talent in cyber security. The CyberPatriot competition
in the U.S. has already engaged more than300,000 children, educating them on
the opportunities in cyber security across the U.S. Eighty percent of those who
have taken part in CyberPatriot now plan to pursue a higher education course in
cyber or STEM .

The competition was modelled after the U.S. CyberPatriot Youth Cyber Defense
Competition, a programme created by the Air Force Association, a nonprofit
organisation advocating for education, and presented by the Northrop Grumman
Foundation.

To find out more about CyberCenturion go to:
https://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk

Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of full-spectrum cyber solutions to the
United States government and to allied nations around the world. The company
builds cyber into every system, platform, and product that it produces in order
to enhance mission assurance and resiliency, while investing both in innovative
technology and cyber talent of the future. For information about careers in
cyber in the U.K., go to http://www.northropgrumman.com/careers.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike,
and logistics and modernisation to government and commercial customers
worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

CONTACT: Ken Beedle
+44 (0) 207 747 1910 (office)
+44 (0) 7787 174092 (mobile)
ken.beedle@euro.ngc.com

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