The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) signed two multiple awards, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts with KING ICT (Croatia) and IBM Belgium, for the provision of cyber security deployment and configuration services across the NATO Enterprise. The news was published on the official NCI Agency website.
The goal is to expedite and optimize the processes of implementing cyber security solutions for the entire structure of the NATO Enterprise.
Following an open competition, the Cyber Security Services Framework (CSSF) contracts were signed on 12 December 2022 and will be effective as of 1 February this year. The contracts awarded have a ceiling price of 30 million EUR for all IDIQ holders during the contract period. The agreements include two base years and two one-year options. This means that over the next two years, the companies KING ICT and IBM Belgium will be responsible for the tasks of immediate reaction and implementation of the most advanced cyber security solutions for the NATO Enterprise.
“These contracts give the NCI Agency the flexibility to get immediate support from two trusted suppliers for the installation and configuration of cyber security assets when so required by our projects or when triggered by any urgent requirement,” said Rebecca Benson, Principal Cyber Security Contracting Officer.
The project encompasses NATO-wide cyber security installations and configurations, supporting the services provided for NATO by the NATO Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
This framework is a significant milestone and an example of the Agency’s new smart sourcing strategy, as it allows the NCSC to focus on its core missions of defending NATO’s networks and deploying new, enhanced cybersecurity capabilities and services.
“The contract will give NCSC the ability to absorb more work and be in a stronger position to support the ambitious NATO 2030 Agenda. This approach is an excellent illustration of the new smart sourcing strategy implemented by the NCI Agency which aims at making the most efficient use of its resources so as to achieve operational excellence and optimize its deliveries across the NATO Enterprise,” said Frederic Jordan, the Head of the Cyber Security Programme Delivery Branch at the NATO Cyber Security Centre.
KING ICT stated, “We are proud of our experts and honoured by the great trust placed in us by the NCI Agency. This is another indicator that KING ICT has taken a great step forward on the Western market, and that Croatian experts can participate equally in international competitions, alongside the world’s largest IT companies. We will work continuously to justify the Agency’s confidence in us.”