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2016-05-05

Northrop Grumman Corp.: 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, May 5, 2016 (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.

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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 theU.S. CyberPatriotYouth 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 tohttp://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 visitwww.northropgrumman.comfor 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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Source: Northrop Grumman Corp. via Globenewswire

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