An ordinary office located in an industrial complex on the outskirts of some city.
A good technical infrastructure to access the internet and some high performance computers.
It’s pretty basic. And yet, from this nondescript office one of the biggest threats
to multinational corporations and government agencies can be launched at any time.
Cyber-attacks are a growing problem. It is fair to say that a ‘war’ has been going
on for quite some time now. And data storage centres and PCs along with the internet
are the battlegrounds of this modern warfare. The times, however, when your average
hacker was a twenty-something pizza-munching computer whiz are long gone. The times
they are a changing…
In today’s highly complex and connected world, cyber-security is a very precious commodity
not only for the private internet user, but also for the commercial entities and public
officials alike. In an age when wisdom, aka knowledge (and technical knowhow), determines
the new ‘wealth of nations’, the protection of intellectual property is a prerequisite for
success and stability. Also, the security and prosperity of entire nations depend on a
secure infrastructure and seamless flow of protected data. To secure the vast pool of
bits and bytes both IRL (in real life) as well as in the virtual world, precautionary
measures are paramount. Just as you lock your car or house when leaving it, your data
should also be protected. We increasingly hear about the impact of cyber-attacks and
the defence strategies against these. It is a constant battle between potential
intruders and guardians. And as in the real world, the higher the value, the more
complex and expensive are the protective measures.
With the stakes so high in the battle of more and more sophisticated attacks,
water-tight security systems are absolutely essential. Cassidian, an EADS company
and worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead
Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military
customers around the globe, has now put an emphasis on cyber security as a result
of new threats occurring in the virtual world. With some 28,000 employees,
Cassidian offers air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval
and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure
communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions –
all for the preservation of security. This includes secure data handling
as well as computer network defence.
“Protecting the world’s information assets and communication infrastructure from
intrusion and malware is one of the most vital areas of our business, and it is a
growing one,” says Hervé Guillou, Head of Cyber Security at Cassidian. “Hackers are
shifting more and more towards the organised crime scene and also the wider range of
espionage. This is making it a survival matter to protect values. And the market for
cyber-security is a growing and very interesting one.”
Thus, security specialists are not only highly sought-after talents with quite
an enviable job description. It seems like they are engaged in a large-scale
computer game, protecting property in a highly intense battleground. Thus, more
and more IT professionals are looking for employment opportunities in such areas
as cyber security and cyber protection. In the years to come this market segment
is likely to grow in importance. And Cassidian’s ‘CyberSecurity Training Centre’
is proof of this development. Launched in mid-March 2012, this centre operates
security facilities in Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Each facility has
classrooms, security cockpits and test and experimentation platforms, and offers
a catalogue of dedicated training courses with hands-on exercises. Programmes and
partnerships with universities as well as a Cyber Professorship complete the offering.
As governments, public sector organisations and private companies are increasingly seeking
advice on cyber security, the introduction of the Training Centre was a logical step to be
able to accelerate the growth of Cassidian’s resources and offerings. The centre provides
professional and technical training for cyber security experts. The three-year course places
an emphasis on practical exercises to deal with new vulnerabilities, e.g. smartphones, smart
grids, ICS/SCADA (Industrial Control System/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition).
The Cassidian CyberSecurity Training Centre also offers a cooperation programme.
This aims to find and attract ‘talent’ by developing trust-based partnerships with
universities, engineering schools and cyber security professionals in such varied
areas as risk assessment, practical exercises in fighting cybercrime, doctrine and
legal aspects – all this while maintaining strong links with testing and research.
Martial Imberti, a former French MOD General, has been appointed Director of the
Cassidian CyberSecurity Training Centre. He will use his experience of both industry
and public service, to oversee the management of IT systems, organisations and
Cassidian can list some prestigious names among its customers. In the cyber
training field, Cassidian offers expertise, training and products to NATO
countries. The portfolio also includes computer network defence and, in the
area of information security, Secure Exchange Gateways for the secure transfer
of information between different domains. Developments are carried out in
cooperation with the German Security Agency and with the Bundeswehr. Cassidian
Public Key Infrastructure is certified with the US Department of Defence.
The digital certificates issued by the Cassidian PKI secure the flight data
loading on the A380, A350, A320 Neo, as well as the doubtless recognition of
the aircraft fleet at the Airport Gate.
For computer network defence, Cassidian houses a state of the art,
24/7 Security Operations Centre (SOC), providing a
Managed Service to several high profile customers in the
Also, in the computer security field, Cassidian has provided a cutting-edge
computer defence suite called Cymerius for the French Navy. This is a system
for monitoring and controlling cyber-attacks, collecting information at a
central location and alerting each player involved so that they can respond
to any invasion at very short notice. Cymerius is a solution that guarantees
a networked security response in complex environments, which depend on
numerous data sources and human interventions.
With such impressive projects, it is no wonder that more and more young
professionals and postgraduates are turning to the cyber security market.
This segment is not only technically challenging, but also helps to safeguard
wealth and benefits stability and security the world over. So an appropriate
motto for the new Training Centre could be: Security first!