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09 7 2020

NCI Agency awards contract for state-of-the-art security logging solution

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency awarded on 10 July 2020 a contract valued at 7.8 million EUR in the field of cyber security to the Croatian company, KING ICT d.o.o.

With this award NATO strengthens its Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) components and ensures continuity of service. This contract will enable the NCI Agency to transition to an all-encompassing enterprise logging solution.

Implementation of the contract began on 1 September 2020.

NCI Agency awards contract for state-of-the-art security logging solution

The project, which was awarded using the extended Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA+) procedure, will modernize the NCI Agency's monitoring and detection infrastructure and will be executed under the Capability Package (CP) 120 Programme. The project is expected to contribute to the programme by delivering more robustness, consolidation and long-term cost-reduction, while increasing NATO's security incident detection and response capabilities.

A state-of-the-art SIEM infrastructure allows the NATO Cyber Security Centre to detect and respond to security events by correlating information and rebuilding scenarios. In order to do this, vast amounts of data need to be analyzed on a high-capacity infrastructure.

Frederic Jordan, Head of the Cyber Security Programme Delivery Branch of the NCI Agency said: "Award of this contract not only shows our dedication to enhancing the Alliance's collective cyber defence, it also proves our intent to keep pace with modern tools and components. Each tranche in the CP 120 Programme supports further modernization of CIS security systems. Award of this contract is another great step forward for NATO."

Once the SIEM refresh reaches Full Operational Capability, it will allow further strengthening of NATO's security posture by reducing risks and disruptions to communications and information systems.