Mons, Belgium – The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency signed new Industry Partnership Agreements (IPA) on cyber information sharing with Indra and Atos on 16 and 17 October 2018 respectively.
The partnerships were endorsed at NATO's largest cyber security conference NIAS'18. These latest agreements between the Alliance and leading industry partners will work towards boosting situational awareness information on national security cyber threats, improving the parties' ability to detect, prevent and respond to cyber threats quickly.
"We are reinforcing cyber security partnerships across the board to enhance our support to NATO's consultation and collective defence missions. Only by working together, can we respond to the myriad of digital threats we face," said Mr Kevin J. Scheid, the General Manager of the NATO Communications and Information Agency.
Mr Miguel Acitores (left), Head of Security Business Development of Indra and Mr Kevin J. Scheid (right), General Manager of the NCI Agency
Mr Miguel Acitores, Head of Security Business Development of Indra commented:
"We are very proud to sign this Industry Partnership Agreement to collaborate with the NCI Agency on the cyber security field, being the first Spanish company to do so. Indra is willing to contribute and share its knowledge with the NCI Agency, as we are convinced that a trustful public – private cooperation in Cyber Security is of the essence. We need to enhance our respective cyber forces in an efficient and coherent manner. In this context, the timing is very convenient, as Indra's experts are running one of the NIAS 2018 workshops on the current trends and challenges for cyber defence training."
Mr Stéphane Janichewski (left), Head of Defence & Aerospace Market of Atos and Mr Kevin J. Scheid (right), General Manager of the NCI Agency
Mr Stéphane Janichewski, Head of Defence & Aerospace Market of Atos added: "We are thrilled to share our knowledge with the NATO Communications and Information Agency. This partnership will enable both organizations to reinforce their capabilities in the exchange of information on security and threats. NATO will benefit from the expertise of a global cybersecurity leader, also specialized in defence and public markets"
NATO Industry Cyber Partnership
The agreements with India and Atos are an important part of the effort to strengthen the Alliance's cyber defence posture through the NATO Industry Cyber Partnership (NICP). They will foster timely information-sharing on cyber threats, allowing participants to enhance situational awareness and better protect their networks. In practice, it will facilitate rapid and early bilateral exchange of non-classified technical information related to cyber threats and vulnerabilities. This information will be integrated into the NCI Agency's 24/7 detection and prevention processes further enhancing NATO's cyber security posture.
The Agency is responsible for operating and defending NATO's networks. Rapid information sharing has proven to be one the most effective defences in cyberspace.
Enhancing collaboration between the public and private sectors is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to increase cyber resilience, improve incident handling and mitigate vulnerability to attack.
About the NCI Agency
The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency is NATO's technology arm and has been a part of NATO for more than 60 years. Today, the NCI Agency primary's mission is to lead NATO's digital endeavour. Our people - over 3000 of them - work across our 30+ locations to protect nearly 1 billion citizens 24/7. We serve the Alliance's 29 Nations by defending NATO networks, and providing real life-support to NATO operations and missions. We help our Member Countries communicate and work together in smarter ways. Our technological solutions help Allied leaders and troops collaborate effectively and make the right decisions at the right time on land, in the air and at sea. The Agency cooperates with industry, academia and not-for-profit organizations to provide resilient C4ISR technology that saves lives and safeguards peace. We are committed to strengthening the Alliance through the unique understanding of NATO, the Nations and the power of technology. More: www.ncia.nato.int
Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with approximately 100,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of around € 12 billion. European number one in Big Data, Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing and Digital Workplace, the Group provides Cloud services, Infrastructure & Data Management, Business & Platform solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. With its cutting-edge technologies, digital expertise and industry knowledge, Atos supports the digital transformation of its clients across various business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Energy & Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline. Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index. More: atos.net/en/
Indra is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technological partner for core business operations of its customers world-wide. It is a world-leader in providing proprietary solutions in specific segments in Transport and Defence markets, and the leading firm in Digital Transformation Consultancy and Information Technologies in Spain and Latin America through its affiliate Minsait. Its business model is based on a comprehensive range of proprietary products, with a high-value focus and with a high innovation component. In the 2017 financial year, Indra achieved revenue of €3.011 billion, with 40,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and business operations in over 140 countries. More: www.indracompany.com/en/