Eurocontrol has awarded Thales two contracts to strengthen the cybersecurity of its information systems and support its ongoing digital transformation initiative.

According to the terms of the contract, Thales will develop a set of cyberattack detection and cyber risk management solutions to boost the cybersecurity of Eurocontrol information systems.

Eurocontrol director general Eammon Brennan said: “Universal cyber best practice calls for sound, layered security defences.

“With the increase in cyber risks, these two contracts with Eurocontrol represent a major step forward in making Europe’s skies safer.”

“With their proven track record in IT, combined with their insider’s knowledge of ATM, we are confident that Thales can give us the service we need to protect the business we run for our aviation stakeholders.”

To help Eurocontrol address the evolving cyberthreat landscape, one of Thales’s five Cybersecurity Operations Centres (CSOCs) will offer monitoring of the organisation’s IT infrastructure round the clock.

Thales’s cyber detection and risk management services will allow Eurocontrol to foresee risks, detect threats early and actively prevent attacks on its systems.

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To help Eurocontrol strengthen its cyber preparedness and protection, Thales will deliver a number of tools and services while Thales Cyberlab in Belgium will replicate Eurocontrol’s networks and IT systems to test their resilience to sophisticated forms of cyberattacks.

Under the terms of a separate contract, Thales, in collaboration with Belgian company Cegeka, will advise Eurocontrol on its digital transformation.

Additionally, the companies will co-develop innovative solutions.

Thales critical information systems and cybersecurity vice-president Laurent Maury said: “With the increase in cyber risks, these two contracts with Eurocontrol represent a major step forward in making Europe’s skies safer and a further example of the implications of the digital transformation for any large company or organisation.”

Cegeka specialises in advanced information technologies to support its continuing digital transformation.