NATO, FireEye sign cyber information sharing agreement
This is a progressive step forward in strengthening NATO networks and systems and FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence
FireEye and the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency have jointly unveiled an Industry Partnership Agreement (IPA) for cyber security information sharing.
The agreement will foster timely information sharing on cyber threats discovered by FireEye and NATO, allowing both parties to enhance situational awareness and better protect their networks and customers.
In practice, the IPA will facilitate the rapid and early bilateral exchange of non-classified technical information related to cyber threats and vulnerabilities. In addition, for NATO, FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence will be integrated into NCI Agency 24/7 detection and prevention processes, thereby enhancing further NATO's cyber security posture.
FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence combines high-fidelity machine, victim, and adversary intelligence that enables proactive security-based practices. NATO will have access to a set of FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence technical indicators, or IoCs (Indicators of Compromise), that will enhance existing systems and speed up responses to potential security threats. To ensure the privacy of FireEye and NATO data, only generic, non-attributable data will be shared between the two organisations.
Maj. Gen. (ret) Koen Gijsbers, general manager of the NCI Agency, said: "If we are going to move faster than the cyber threats we face, then it is absolutely imperative that we exchange timely and actionable threat information with industry. Our existing IPAs have already shown impressive results that are making a real difference to NCI Agency and our industry partners. FireEye's depth of expertise from responding to many of the largest cyber breaches in the world will be very valuable to the IPA framework, and we look forward to a productive partnership."
Tony Cole, VP and global government CTO, FireEye, added: "In forming an information sharing partnership with NATO, we gain additional data for FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence that will further protect our customers, and at the same time, FireEye will help provide critical intelligence that will help enable better threat detection, greater visibility to potential cyber-threats and faster responses to such potential cyber-threats to the NATO's networks and systems."