updated 11/19/2010 6:45:58 AM ET 2010-11-19T11:45:58

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 18, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was presented with the 2010 Information Security Executive™ (ISE™) North America Project of the Year Award last month for the High Assurance OneBadge program. Sponsored by T.E.N. Tech Exec Networks, the award recognizes projects for their outstanding achievements in risk management, data asset protection, compliance, privacy and network security.

"The OneBadge is blazing a trail for government and industry to securely collaborate in cyberspace and ensure trusted sources," said Tim McKnight, vice president and chief information security officer for Northrop Grumman. "While the government has deployed millions of Smart Cards, Northrop Grumman is the first in industry to adhere to the federal standards and deploy a system where employees can securely exchange information with the U.S. government. OneBadge is providing a level of assurance for daily transactions like never before and we look forward to applying this best practice to others, both in industry and government, to secure the nation's critical infrastructure supply chain."

Tech Exec Networks said the project was chosen for "its successful demonstration of a commercial enterprise's ability to turn the merits of a federal directive into a successful internal deployment, the OneBadge project paves the way for secure digital collaboration between government and industry at a time when cybersecurity is paramount to the protection of the U.S. economy, and to the security and well being of the U.S. and its citizens."

The Northrop Grumman High Assurance OneBadge project developed, implemented and deployed smart card technology across the corporation providing enhanced protection from unauthorized access to company facilities, networks and data. The OneBadge implementation standardizes employee logical and physical access controls and is aligned to Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12, the identification standard for government employees and contractors. Northrop Grumman's new identity badge is the first corporate credential to be accepted by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Federal Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Bridge to enable secure collaboration with Northrop Grumman's government and commercial customers and partners.

In August, Northrop Grumman's OneBadge received the ISE™ Southeast Region award for the project category that included nominees from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Entering into its eighth year in 2010, the Information Security Executive (ISE™) of the Year Award Program Series recognizes individuals and project teams who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of information security in the United States and Canada. The award programs are held on a regional, national and international basis in conjunction with one and two day business summits.

Northrop Grumman is an industry leader in all aspects of computer network operations and cybersecurity, offering customers innovative solutions to help secure the nation's cyber future. For more information about Northrop Grumman's cybersecurity capabilities go to: http://www.northropgrumman.com/cybersecurity .

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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