Airbus has secured the Enterprise NATO Public Key Infrastructure (E-NPKI) contract from the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency.

Under the contract, the company will be responsible for designing, implementing and providing the Alliance with a new framework of services that will help manage public key certificates.

The three-year, firm-fixed-price contract has been designed to enhance secure communications among different NATO organisations, as well as between the Alliance and other organisations and nations.

A public key infrastructure (PKI) uses techniques of asymmetric cryptography to ensure the secure electronic transfer of data between people and organisations.

The infrastructure facilitates range of security services, which includes confidentiality, integrity, non-repudiation and authentication.

“The new E-NPKI system will help accredit certificate services on NATO networks up to secret level.”

An effective PKI comprises a combination of both hardware and software products, in addition to managing the lifecycle of digital certificates such as creation, storage, distribution and revocation.

The new E-NPKI system will help accredit certificate services on NATO networks up to secret level.

In addition, full service support, including a test facility and training will be carried out across more than 70 NATO sites.

The scope of the agreement also includes developing a dedicated E-NPKI Service Desk that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Furthermore, the contract will ensure system availability, incident and configuration management, in addition to certificate and digital identity card management.

The PKI capability is slated to be incorporated into the NCI Agency’s service catalogue and will enable NATO nations to acquire the NATO-approved service.