Adding skills in big data, Northrop Grumman [NOC] said that the Univ. of Southern California (USC) has joined the company’s Cybersecurity Research Consortium.

Northrop Grumman said that USC’s leadership in big data, computer science and informatics will expand the consortium’s research capabilities to advance solutions to counter the newest and most pressing cyber threats facing the United States.

“In today’s cyber environment, one of the biggest challenges our customers face is sifting through the enormous amounts of data flowing over their network, understanding its relevance and trustworthiness, and determining how it will affect their mission,” Mike Papay, vice president and chief information security officer for Northrop Grumman, said in a statement. “When paired with Northrop Grumman’s deep domain knowledge and understanding of the global threat, USC’s long-term research in big data and analytics will help this industry/academic partnership transition inventive solutions to meet critical customer needs.”

Other members of the consortium include Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Purdue Univ.

USC’s participation in the consortium will be led by its Viterbi School of Engineering, including its Information Sciences Institute, which will research issues surrounding security and trust in big data storage and processing, especially when managed by highly distributed systems.