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Airbus Defence and Space wins security audit contract from major oil and gas company in the Middle East

Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a contract by a major Middle Eastern oil and gas company to undertake a security audit of the company’s IT and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

The purpose of the audit is to test all deployed safeguards to identify any weaknesses that could be exploited by hackers to infiltrate the company’s IT or ICS. Airbus Defence and Space cyber teams are checking the infrastructures, wired and wireless network access, services and applications, so as to uncover all potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers to infiltrate PCs, plant malware and eventually breach the system. The hackers’ aim usually is to bury deeper and deeper into the system so that they are able to gain control, extract data and/or inflict maximum damage on the targeted company.

Guy Meguer, General Manager in Middle East for CyberSecurity at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “For several years, this region has been targeted by wide-scale cyber attacks, for espionage or sabotage means, resulting in serious damage caused to companies and facilities. That is why our CyberSecurity experts have developed a systematic audit process to find any potential vulnerabilities. As a next step, we offer our latest technology solution, named Keelback, capable to identify cyber attacks, to provide continuous monitoring and immediate alarms, and – if need be – to stop intrusions.”

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

Contact:                                                                                            

Nelly Tartivel               +33 (0)1 61 38 70 60               nelly.tartivel@airbus.com

Note for Editors

What is Keelback?
Keelback is a dedicated solution for detecting and fighting advanced persistent cyber threats on IT-networks of a targeted company. It provides investigation and immediate alarms in case of attacks. Airbus Defence and Space has developed the offer by combining signature tracking and detection of behaviour that reveals activities of attackers, supported by threat intelligence feeds. The innovation consists of a real-time identification and characterization of cyber threats with the help of a continuously updated knowledge base as well as advanced detection of attacks through a combination of complementary modules implemented on the network and on the clients of customers’ infrastructure.

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