CANBERRA, Australia. 27 June 2018. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has introduced CyberTaipan, a national cyber defence competition for Australian youth designed to encourage interest in technical fields. The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security announced the program in a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, hosted by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso.

The objective of CyberTaipan is to attract Australian students, years 7-12, to pursue education and careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. CyberTaipan, modelled on the successful U.S. Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program, is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation in partnership with AustCyber (the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network).“CyberTaipan is designed to help Australian youth develop a range of skills that will carry forward through higher education and careers critical to our nation’s future. This program has seen great success globally, and we are excited to be launching it in Australia today,” said Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia.

Since its inception in 2009, the CyberPatriot program has had a proven, significant impact on more than 100,000 student participants in the U.S. In the last five years, Northrop Grumman has expanded the program globally into the U.K. and Saudi Arabia. With the support of local delivery partner AustCyber, this program is now also available to Australian youth.“The U.S. and Australia are already steadfast cyber security partners. Our democratic principles drive us to maintain the integrity of the systems we rely on. I can’t think of a better way to face our cyber security challenges than with programs such as CyberTaipan that harness the best of our private and public sectors with the creative problem-solving skills of young minds,” said Carouso.