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Finmeccanica completes proof of concept testing for NCIRC FOC

16th July 2012 - 10:36 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Finmeccanica Cyber Solutions team has completed the testing phase of the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) - Full Operating Capability (FOC) requirement’s proof of concept.

This was completed in line with the ‘challenging timescale’ set by NATO, and follows the selection of the team in February.

‘NCIRC FOC will provide a highly adaptive and responsive system to help protect NATO from cyber-attacks against both its mobile and static Communication & Information Systems,’ Finmeccanica said in a statement released on 11 July.

‘This world-class team led by Finmeccanica, comprising its companies SELEX Elsag, SELEX Systems Integration and VEGA, together with its partner Northrop Grumman, is leveraging its wealth of experience in addressing complex cyber-defence requirements.’

The company said the completion of the testing phase of the proof of concept confirms that the programme continues to meet its objectives and demonstrates the value of the team's multi-national capability, leadership in the development and delivery of cyber defence solutions, and ‘unrivalled experience’ of multi-domain cyber programmes for government and defence customers in the US, UK, Italy and other countries around the world.

Once delivered, NCIRC FOC will provide an ‘agile, flexible and interoperable solution’ featuring advanced cyber defence systems to protect NATO static commands, crisis operations, NATO signal battalions, Article V Operations and the NATO Reaction Force.

‘With the completion of the testing of the proof of concept, we have achieved an important stage in delivering the NCIRC FOC.,’ Giuseppe Orsi, Chairman and CEO of Finmeccanica said in the statement. ‘This reflects the growing partnership between NATO, Finmeccanica and our Northrop Grumman partner.
‘Through our chosen solution, NATO will be able to improve their capability to counter the ever increasing and sophisticated threat from cyber-attack.’

‘The successful achievement of this important milestone is a further step towards full implementation of NATO's CIRC capability and demonstrates the growing strength of the partnership we have established on this programme,’ Mike Papay, VP of Cyber Initiatives of Northrop Grumman Information Systems added. ‘We look forward to continuing to apply the full range of our resources and decades-long cyber security experience both in the US and UK, to ensure the successful delivery of this programme.’

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