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Northrop Grumman Receives U.S. Department of State Information-Assurance and Security-Support Contract

MCLEAN, Va., July 26, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to oversee network and systems security for the U.S. Department of State. This information-assurance and security-support contract will help secure the agency's classified and unclassified networks in domestic and foreign locations.

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector will support the Diplomatic Security Bureau by assessing, auditing and reviewing the State Department's network domains for security vulnerabilities. Based on these assessments, Northrop Grumman will provide technical recommendations and support, security training and implement current technologies and industry best practices to improve system security for the bureau.

Northrop Grumman will also provide information-assurance support to the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs. This support includes developing security programs and maintaining security policies, practices and operating procedures. In addition, the company will help enhance the bureau's applications security through testing, certification and accreditation of the bureau's systems, as well as monitor system maintenance and alert administrators to security weaknesses.

The one-year, follow-on contract is valued at $22.9 million to Northrop Grumman's IT sector and includes three option years.

Work on the contract will be performed at government and Northrop Grumman sites in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va. Northrop Grumman's teammates include Trinity Information Management Services, McLean, Va.; J.I.L. IT Consulting and Services, Stafford, Va.; and CGI-AMS, Fairfax, Va.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in McLean, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's technological leadership spans such areas as homeland security solutions, health IT solutions, secure wireless, cyber and physical assurance, IT and network infrastructure, managed services, knowledge management, modeling and simulation and geospatial intelligence solutions.

CONTACT:  Juli Ballesteros, APR
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology 
          (703) 713-4675

          Christy Whitman
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology 
          (703) 713-4436