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Thales offers a trusted probe for Critical National Infrastructure Provider


“Thales is supporting Critical National Infrastructure Providers in securing their information systems and critical data, in the face of increasingly sophisticated cyberthreats. Thanks to the detection probe offered by Thales, organisations will benefit from a solution developed and run in France by a trusted operator.” – Marc Darmon, Executive Vice President of Thales, secure communications and information systems.

Thales introduces its cyberattack detection probe, currently undergoing qualification by the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI). A high-performance and modular solution, it can be deployed at critical points of the network, and allows for rapid identification and countering of known attacks. This new trusted probe meets all the obligations of the Military Programming Law, a compulsory requirement which all Critical National Infrastructure Providers (CNI) will have to comply with by 2019.

This law requires Critical National Infrastructure Providers to implement specific security measures, such as qualified probe-type detection systems, and to protect themselves against cyberattacks. The detection probes are placed on the network in such a way as to analyse all data streams exchanged between the CNI provider information system and external networks. These analyses are then used to find the malicious events and behaviour liable to affect the security of the system.

The trusted probe, designed and developed in France by Thales, meets these requirements. Already operational, it stands out for its reliability and its flexible usage. Customers can decide to incorporate it into their in-house events management system, or delegate management to a service provider such as Thales, within a global security supervision service.

The probe contains embedded behavioural algorithms able to detect abnormal events on the network. It also incorporates signatures or fingerprints of attacks, and can be provided with specific information on targeted threats in order to more quickly identify and counter known attacks.

The Thales teams have adopted a modular architecture to ensure the upgradability of the solution. New threats and changing regulations can therefore be taken into account in the long term. Available for different network speeds, for effective budget optimisation and without affecting the detection accuracy, Thales’s solution adapts to the requirements of its customers.
Thales’s detection probe is an innovative solution in the domain of cybersecurity for Critical national Infrastructure Providers. The Group provides support to the country’s strategic organisations through its trusted solution, effective against even the worst cyberattacks, and adapted to their operational requirements.

According to Guillaume Poupard, Director General of the National Cybersecurity Agency of France, “the development of high-performance and trusted detection capabilities, able to integrate sensitive signatures provided in particular by the ANSSI, is essential in order to provide a high level of security for the critical information systems of Critical National Infrastructure Providers.”

Key Points

  • Thales introduces its trusted probe used to detect abnormal activity on the protected network of Critical National Infrastructure Provider.
  • The probe joins the range of proven and controlled cybersecurity solutions which Thales has been implementing for more than 15 years for its private or public customers.
  • The detection probe offered by Thales is compatible with the requirements of the Military Programming Law, defining the security measures to be taken by CNI providers by 2019.


About Thales
Thales is a global high technology leader in the aerospace, transportation, defense and security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of 14 billion euros in 2015. Over 25,000 engineers and researchers give Thales a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Thales is one of the European leaders in the security domain, established as an integrator of systems with high added value, manufacturer and service provider. Thales solutions secure the four key domains considered essential by modern society: government, cities, critical infrastructure and cyberspace.

Drawing on renowned cryptographic capabilities, Thales is one of the world leaders in cybersecurity products and solutions for defense, governmental bodies, critical infrastructures operators, communication, industrial and financial companies. With a presence throughout the information security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from security consulting and audits, data protection, digital trust management, cybersecured sytem design, development, integration, certification and through-life management to cyber-threat intelligence, intrusion detection and security supervision with Security Operation Centres in France, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and soon in Hong-Kong.

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