NCISG HQ was established on the 01st of July 2012 to be the command level over the originally just two NATO Signal Battalions (NSBs). Shortly after that a third NSB was added to the command structure and so the Communications and Information Systems Group was complete.
To form the basis of NCISG the former NCSA (NATO CIS Support Agency) was split up to create two separate entities: NCISG and NCIA. NCIA is the customer funded agency that develops and supplies, owns and maintains the Deployable CIS assets that NCISG manages and deploys to NATO Headquarters. NCIA and NCISG therefore are closely related strong partners in delivering C2-support to NATO.
The HQ of NCISG has a clear task and mission, but it is also clear that SACEUR’s Cyber directorate and NCISG are functionally intimately related. In order to retain this strong linking pin to SHAPE, Commander NCISG is twin-hatted: he is also the Director Cyberspace for SACEUR. The combination of these two positions in one post helps to better face and solve challenges and problems in the cyber domain and DCIS.