NATO's security system to fight off hackers

BT to improve the alliance's incident-response capability…
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BT to improve the alliance's incident-response capability…

NATO is to beef up protection of its networks against hackers and viruses as part of a new contract with BT to enhance its Computer Incident Response Capability (CIRC) system.

The contract will see NATO deploy improved security capabilities to counter network attacks. A central management function will allow it to monitor events and incidents occurring within NATO networks.

The value of the deal was not disclosed but it is an extension of BT's existing work with the European and US military and peacekeeping alliance. Work will begin immediately.

Suleyman Anil, head of NCIRC Coordination Centre at NATO Office of Security in Brussels, said in a statement: "This new CIRC will enhance our capacity further to identify potential electronic attacks and defend the interests of the NATO Alliance in an increasingly complex IT environment."

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