• A Leonardo-led consortium, incorporating Indra, is developing the first pan-European centre for monitoring risks to digital infrastructure in real-time
• Indra is equipping it with the COMSec secure communications system based on technology developed entirely by the company and prepared to meet the challenges posed by the quantum world.
• The company contributes to enhancing the protection of a strategic infrastructure for the cyber security of the entire continent, one that will play a key role in driving development of the European knowledge economy.

Madrid. 09 May 2024. The first pan-European virtual center for dynamic cyber risk management is being set  up by an industry team led by Leonardo and including Indra. It will monitor, in real time, the degree of threat to  which digital infrastructures are exposed throughout the continent, tracking the activity of criminal groups on  the Internet, dark web and social networks, relying on different databases to extract intelligence. The contract,  announced in October 2023, was awarded by the European Commission and Indra is contributing to its  implementation by providing key technologies. 

The company will equip the center with advanced hybrid protection mechanisms to face the post-quantum  scenario, in which the irruption of quantum computing will change the rules of cryptography, forcing the  incorporation of new, even more secure algorithms to protect communications.  

The centre will be equipped with Indra’s COMSec proprietary technology solution that provides end-to-end  encrypted voice, instant messaging and video services over mobile phones and PCs, using any cellular,  wireless or satellite network worldwide, that will enable the personnel and managers to hold multiple video  conferences and telephone conversations and exchange sensitive information. 

Indra’s technology will also protect the conversations and information exchanges within the center itself and  cipher the data that are stored in it, preparing it to withstand “harvest now, decrypt later” threats whenever the  technology so permits. Moreover, the post-quantum protocol which is used complies with the European NIS  (Network and Information Systems Security) regulation and it has been supervised by the Spanish National  Cryptologic Center. 

The company has also worked on defining the procedure followed by the center’s platforms and systems to  exchange data with the outside world and, in the next phase, it will study the way in which the center will  coordinate with the network of Cyber Security Operations Centers throughout Spain. All this will help to  strengthen the protection of a strategic infrastructure and promote the development of the information and  knowledge society in Europe. 

Luis J. García de la Iglesia, the deputy director of Indra’s Cyber Defence Unit, highlighted that “we’re proud  that the European Union has chosen Leonardo and Indra as partners to implement an important center for the  security of the continent such as this one, which will set the bar globally in terms of cybersecurity and  intelligence”. 

The implementation of the Cyber Analysis Center comes at a particularly difficult time, when risks are  increasing due to the geopolitical situation and recent conflicts. The above is leading to disinformation  campaigns and cyber attacks on companies and critical infrastructures, in addition to ransomware, phishing  and denial-of-service campaigns conducted by criminal organizations.