NCI Agency awards contract to Leonardo for cyber defence

15 February 2019 (Last Updated February 15th, 2019 11:07)

NCI Agency has awarded a contract to Leonardo for continued cyber-incident detection and management services for a period of 18 months.

NCI Agency awards contract to Leonardo for cyber defence
NCIRC-FOC had been operationally employed to protect the NATO summits in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Credit: NATO/ Leonardo – Società per azioni.

NCI Agency has awarded a contract to Leonardo for continued cyber-incident detection and management services for a period of 18 months.

This latest NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) Cyber Security Support Services (CSSS) contract offers continuity of service to the NCIRC – Full Operational Capability (FOC) contract, which will end this month.

Leonardo has been working with the NCI Agency since 2012 to protect Nato’s Communications and Information System (CIS) infrastructure from cyber-attacks.

More than 200 digital security experts from Leonardo and NCI Agency offer cyber incident detection, management and rapid-response capabilities, covering Nato staff in 29 countries.

This cybersecurity cover extends from portable devices up to networks at 75 locations, including Nato headquarters.

NCIRC-FOC had been operationally employed to protect the Nato summits in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

The NCIRC CSSS contract comes after NCIRC-FOC was operated for over several years.

NCIRC-FOC expanded under the ten additional sites contract in 2015 to include the newly opened European headquarters.

This contract was completed on schedule in 2017 in line with the required budget and specification.

In 2016, the Leonardo and NCI Agency signed an Industrial Partnership Agreement (IPA) to share information regarding cybersecurity, which would enable them to gain a better understanding of threat patterns and attack trends.

“Continuing to invest in its cyber expertise, Leonardo’s services and products are designed to evolve with changing requirements in cyberspace.”

In addition to delivering cybersecurity expertise to Nato, Leonardo also offers support to individual nation states, large corporations and financial institutions.

In 2017, the company was chosen by the European Space Agency (ESA) as the cybersecurity partner for the Galileo European navigation satellite programme.

The firm also operates in the Gulf and South East Asia, where it works with government and industry customers.

Continuing to invest in its cyber expertise, Leonardo’s services and products are designed to evolve with changing requirements in cyberspace.

Leonardo provides certified training, as well as Cyber Academy and Cyber Range design and delivery, which enables specialists to practise against new and emerging threats.

In June 2018, the firm tripled the size of its cyber and electronic warfare capacity in Lincoln, UK, providing the capacity to train 150 students at any one time.

In February 2018, Leonardo secured a contract valued at approximately €180m to provide electronic warfare training equipment for the Nato Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS).

Selected in an international competition, the firm will incorporate technology from partners Cobham and Elettronica.

The contract was placed by the UK Ministry of Defence as the host nation for Nato JEWCS.

The firm will deliver the equipment over the next four years from Leonardo’s Electronic Warfare (EW) centre of excellence in Luton, UK.