Microsoft signs Government Security Program agreement with NCI Agency

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 15 September 2015
Microsoft signs Government Security Program agreement with NCI Agency

Microsoft has signed a Government Security Program (GSP) agreement with the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency.

As part of its agreement with Microsoft, the NCI Agency will gain access to technical information about Microsoft products and services, as well as information about internet safety, threat intelligence, online training tools, and guidance to help mitigate the effects of cyber attacks across the region.

The agreement is the latest step in Microsoft’s 12-year cyber security relationship with NATO, and is a first for the parties using the GSP’s newly expanded capabilities.

“NATO is facing new and increasingly dangerous threats to cyber security across the world and these threats could affect national economies and citizens,” said Koen Gijsbers, general manager of the NCI Agency. “To avoid it, NCI Agency strongly believes in rapid and early information sharing on threats and vulnerabilities with leader companies worldwide, such as Microsoft. Trust is the key to success.”

Open to any government agency, Microsoft’s GSP programme has been designed to help governments evaluate and protect existing systems, and create, deploy and maintain more secure infrastructure. GSP participants can use the programme to gain a deeper understanding of Microsoft products and services for evaluation and certification. The programme can also help participants with compatibility and deployment planning, particularly for Windows 10 or cloud migration scenarios.

Microsoft currently has GSP agreements with more than 40 agencies from over 25 governments worldwide.

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