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Northrop Engineers Wins DoD Forensics Contest; Mike Papay Comments

Mike Papay
Mike Papay

A Northrop Grumman team of engineers has won the grand championship at a Defense Department digital forensics challenge, becoming the first U.S. team to win the title since international teams began participating four years ago.

Northrop said the contest was run by the department’s Cyber Crime Center, which had teams participate in 35 scenario-based challenges over 10.5 months, working across five levels of difficulty.

The focused on the forensics tool development exercises and developed software for all five levels, the company said, competing against nearly 1,200 teams from 53 countries.

“The competition is an excellent way for the DoD Cyber Crime Center to reach out to its commercial, academic and government partners to develop tools, methods and processes to help mitigate cyber crime,” said Mike Papay, vice president and chief information security officer for Northrop’s information systems sector.

“We are proud of this team, which excelled in a highly competitive environment to demonstrate that staying ahead in cyber means continually challenging your own ability,” he said.

Team members included systems engineers Ed Haymore, Hayden Metx, Myong Sung and Peter Jackowski, who also won first place in the U.S. and commercial categories.

Northrop first participated in the seven-year old contest in 2011, where it won first place in the commercial category.

Other categories in the contest include military, government, civilian and academia.

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