Northrop Grumman Corporation on Monday announced it will be partnering with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science to offer a master’s degree in computer science with a focus on cyber informatics, starting this fall.
“This new partnership between Northrop Grumman and the University of Cincinnati will bring core knowledge and expertise to the region within the cyber community,” said Martin Simoni, site director for Northrop Grumman’s Xetron business unit. “Educating and developing home-grown talent is critical in today’s highly competitive job market. Our cyber master’s program will allow our technical experts to groom students on the job and in the classroom.”
The master’s degree curriculum is aimed at the software engineers at Northrop Grumman’s Xetron facility in Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati students. The program will allow convenient scheduling for all participants as classes will be held at both the UC campus, as well as Northrop Grumman’s facility, with live video feeds connecting the two locations. University of Cincinnati professors and Northrop Grumman employees working as adjunct professors for the university will be teaching classes.
Classes will implement several teaching methods, including streaming video, classroom lecture, and laboratory exercises. Northrop Grumman will fund the development of new courses aimed to the 21st-century cyber engineer and will include topics such as malware analysis, reverse engineering, network security and cyber forensics.
Northrop Grumman actively supports cybersecurity education. In addition to the partnership with the University of Cincinnati, the company is the presenting sponsor of CyberPatriot III, a national high-school cyber-defense competition. Last year, the company formed a Cybersecurity Research Consortium, an industry/academia partnership addressing the cybersecurity challenges of the future, Northrop Grumman also is a co-sponsor of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.