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The Nato Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has announced that its new information management network has secured final system acceptance.

Dubbed the Nato Partners Network (NPN), the system will cater to the needs of partners placed in Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE).

The system, which received interim authorisation to operate from Allied Command Operations (ACO) earlier this year, is likely to reach full accreditation in the first quarter of 2023.

The new network replaces the Partnership for Peace Information Management System. It was jointly developed by Core Enterprise Services, Nato Digital Workplace, Nato Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and Network Services and IT Infrastructure.

The NPN will support the alliance in deterrence and defence, crisis prevention and management, and cooperative security.

Through the system, Nato seeks to improve military cooperation with partners by involving them in Nato Response Force and other alliance-led missions.

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The system will also allow the Partnership Directorate at SHAPE to collaborate and share information with partners at Nato Unclassified level.

It will also enable the Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s to develop and enhance Nato’s ties with partners.

The network will also give Nato’s partners access to internet with separate infrastructure, enabling them to use their respective Bring Your Own Device equipment.

NCI Agency senior project manager Nikolaos Chalkias said: “One of the most important drivers of the NPN network was security.

“That means assurance that the data shared with partners is available only to the right partner at the right time, in an auditable way.”

The NPN will offer multiple services including effective cyber security elements via the NCSC and NPN Document Management System to facilitate the sharing of Nato unclassified documents.