Multinational technology company Thales announced a collaboration agreement with TT Electronics to enable future development of operational technology (OT) based cybersecurity initiatives and research. The deal will blend Thales’ experience in securing critical systems with TT Electronics’ approach to electronics manufacturing.
The partnership will allow the companies to work together on developing a range of cybersecurity technologies, from OT asset discovery within TT Electronics’ factories, to the implementation of a Security Operations Centre (SOC) and development of future products for TT, according to a press statement. The two companies have already undertaken their initial project, with Thales helping TT deploy advanced new technologies and software across its production facilities to ensure protection from cyber threats.
The programs will be delivered out of the National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC) in Ebbw Vale, South Wales, which is a project co-founded by the Welsh Government, Thales and the University of South Wales. The NDEC is a cornerstone of the Welsh Government’s Tech Valleys initiative, which offers cyber skills and knowledge to South Wales.
Woking, UK-based TT Electronics delivers engineered electronics for performance critical applications, working with clients in aerospace and defence, medical, and industrial sectors. Products designed and manufactured include sensors, power management devices and connectivity solutions. TT has design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world, including the UK, US, Mexico, Sweden, and Asia.
“Thales and TT Electronics have very complementary and synergistic technologies,” said Perry Duffill, VP/GM, TT Electronics Global Manufacturing Solutions. “This collaboration enables TT to provide an additional level of security assurance for our aerospace and defence, medical, and industrial customers who rely on us to manufacture highly complex systems for mission critical applications.”
“While we have previously worked together at the NDEC – with TT Electronics sitting on the steering group – this agreement enables a much more intimate level of collaboration between the two companies, with a clear goal of secure and resilient operational technology,” said Gareth Williams, vice president for secure communications and information systems at Thales.