Microsoft partners with NATO to shore up European cybersecurity

Microsoft is a long-term partner for many governments around the world seeking to build a safe and trusted digital environment. As such, we are excited to announce today that we have signed our newest Government Security Program (GSP) agreement with the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency).

This latest agreement builds on our 12-year cybersecurity partnership with NATO, now renewed under the GSP’s newly-expanded remit.

Microsoft is committed to helping build a more secure European and global cyberspace. For this, trust and cooperation between public and private sectors is essential. In June, we opened the Transparency Center in Brussels, where GSP participants can review and assess the source code of Microsoft products in a secure environment. Since then, there have been more additions to the GSP community, including the European Commission and since today NATO, which now brings the total number of participants to 44 different agencies from 26 governments and organizations worldwide.

By partnering with both the European Commission and NATO, Europe’s two most important organizations working on security issues, we can play our part in helping to shore up Europe’s cyber-defenses.

Boosting overall European cybersecurity is essential for Europe’s digital transformation – as the European Commission has pointed out in its Cybersecurity Strategy, in the recently-adopted European Agenda for Security and in the ambitious Digital Single Market Strategy. This will foster trust in technology and pave the way for digitally-driven growth and prosperity. We look forward to playing our part in this process through current and future partnerships.

To read more on today’s announcement, head to the Microsoft on Government Blog.

Jan Neutze
Director of Cybersecurity Policy, Microsoft EMEA

Jan Neutze is Director of Cybersecurity Policy responsible for cybersecurity policy matters in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Before taking on Microsoft's EMEA security portfolio, Jan worked in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond. In this role, he led engagement with governments and industry partners at an EU-level and in Germany, and developed corporate strategies on emerging cybersecurity policies, risk management, critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity norms, and internet governance. Jan Neutze joined Microsoft from the United Nations Headquarters, where he served for three years in the policy planning staff of the UN Secretary-General and the Department of Political Affairs, leading a range of cybersecurity and counterterrorism projects. Prior to this, Jan served as program officer for foreign policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and as assistant director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at the Atlantic Council of the United States. Jan Neutze holds a law degree from the Westphalian Wilhelms-University in Munster, Germany and an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.