In a major step forward on strengthening collaboration and innovation with the private sector, the NATO Communications and Information Agency has selected five new industry and academic partners for the Cyber Incubator pilot project, which aims at accelerating innovation on key cyber challenges.
The Selection Process
The Agency received over 40 proposals – including from small businesses and academia – and selected, in a competitive process, the partners that provided the most innovative solutions to address challenges in the areas of big data, cyber defence situational awareness, and mobile security. The NCI Agency will collaborate with the following partners:
Big Data Fusion Engine:
• IntelWorks, the Netherlands
Cyber Defence Situational Awareness:
• Thales, France
• University of Genova, Italy
• Hewlett-Packard (HP), USA
• PQ Solutions Ltd, UK
The results of the pilot project will be presented at the upcoming cyber security symposium "NIAS2015: Advancing Cyber Defence Collaboration and Innovation, a view from within", which will be held from 15 - 17 September 2015 at the Mons Expo in Belgium.
Advancing Cyber Innovation
At the Wales Summit, the Alliance leaders recognized that "Technological innovations and expertise from the private sector are crucial to enable NATO and Allies to achieve the Enhanced Cyber Defence Policy's objectives." Following this discussion, the Alliance agreed to launch the NATO Industry Cyber Partnership (NICP). The NICP will foster closer engagement – in particular with small and medium sized enterprises – in order to develop innovative cyber defence solutions.