August 29, 2014
NATO’s Cyber Capabilities: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
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The Alliance implemented various policies since it experienced its first major cyberattack in 1999, during Operation Allied Force. For example, the Policy on Cyber Defense, adopted in 2008 and updated in 2011, helped strengthen NATO’s focus on cyber issues. The current NATO cyber defense policy gives the Alliance a strong boost but remains incomplete. By focusing future policy on a number of areas of importance such as support to allies beyond the currently available rapid reaction teams, this gap can be filled. The authors provide policy recommendations that decision-makers should focus on during the upcoming NATO Summit in Wales and in the years ahead.