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Returning from NITEC

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For those not familiar with the event, NITEC is a flagship annual event organized by the NATO Communications and Information Agency and the Association for Communications, Electronics and Information Systems. What sets this particular gathering of minds apart from other such industry events is its dedication to encouraging, recognising and rewarding innovation. This year, Osirium was announced as a winner of the Defence Innovation Challenge – selected for our solution that monitors and controls privileged accounts through identity and role, restricting abuse of privileged accounts.



Created and launched as a platform to show technological excellence NITEC provides businesses and academia with a unique opportunity to demonstrate how NATO and industry can collaborate more effectively in these times of shared security risks, and it’s a popular showcase. The organizers received an impressive total of 65 proposals in four areas; cyber defence, Internet of Things, military applications of block chains, and cognitive computing & machine learning.

Osirium was keen to participate again as the event truly embraces the importance of understanding what cyber security issues new technologies can provide solutions to, specifically in the area of building up resilience to attacks through developing and delivering secure C4ISR and cyber capabilities. We demonstrated our Privileged Access Management and Task Automation solution, showing how we map an identity to privileged accounts, whilst importantly separating users from passwords; one of the most problematic and dangerous of cyber security threats. Feedback was positive and we were encouraged by feedback received.

Koen Gijsbers, General Manager of the NCI Agency, summed the strength of the overall event up succinctly when he said that the large number of high quality proposals received made selection difficult. In a further statement he added “it signals the vast potential for small businesses and academia throughout the Alliance to contribute to NATO cyber defence, and we will be working hard in the coming months to create mechanisms for closer engagement with them.”

What a refreshing approach that goes directly against the outdated 80’s policy of only working with vendors that have completed a tick-box list in a spreadsheet created by a procurement department interested in only securing the lowest price.

To learn more please visit: https://www.ncia.nato.int/NewsRoom/Pages/160530_Innovation_challenge.aspx

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