University of Maryland Baltimore County is partnering with one of the largest defense contractors, Northrop Grumman, to create a new incubator tailored to the specific challenge of developing technology to protect the nation from cyber threats.
The Northrop Grumman Cync Program will build on [email protected]’s business-incubation framework by offering a “scholarship program” for companies with the most-promising cybersecurity ideas. Program participants will draw on UMBC’s research expertise and Northrop Grumman resources to develop tools that will secure and protect the computer hardware, software and networks vital to national defense.
Early-stage companies around the nation are invited to apply to the Cync Program, in which they can commercialize and develop their technologies. The companies will collaborate in the Advantage Incubator at the [email protected] Research and Technology Park in Baltimore.
“Northrop Grumman is excited to partner with bwtech on this important initiative,” said Chris Valentino, Northrop Grumman cybersecurity director and technical fellow. “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.”
Applicants with the best ideas for cyber-defense technologies will be selected in a nationwide search to join the Cync Program. Participating companies will be provided with office space, business support services and academic resources, including access to faculty and student employees.