Northrop Grumman [NOC] yesterday said that along with the Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Research Park Corp. it has opened the Cync incubator program to cultivate companies that are developing solutions to counter cyber security threats.

The first two firms selected into Cync are Five Directions and Rogue Networks, both of which are early-stage companies.

The Cync Program offers scholarships to companies with promising cyber security ideas, allowing them to draw on UMBC’s research expertise and Northrop Grumman’s resources.

"The Cync Program is an important seed within the cyber ecosystem as Northrop Grumman and the State of Maryland work to meet the growing cyber security challenges our nation faces," Mike Papay, vice president for Cyber Initiatives at Northrop Grumman, said in a statement.

Five Directions is working to develop technology that would enable high-assurance file sharing via public or private clouds. Rogue Networks is working to develop BreachBox, a product that enables traffic monitoring, alerting and enforcement of flow policies on large enterprise networks. BreachBox has been deployed to the General Services Administration as part of a pilot test to enforce traffic policies and contain activity based on internal identity use.