5 NATO countries agree to collaborate on cyberdefense project


From Julian Hale, Defense News:  Five NATO countries — Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Romania — have agreed to spend up to 12.5 million euros ($16.1 million) on a five-year, multinational cyberdefense project that will get underway later this year.

The five countries and the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March in which they each agreed to spend up to 500,000 euros per year for five years. Other NATO countries can join in at a later date, as per the memorandum.

Through the “Multinational Cyber Defence Capability Development Project,” the five countries will improve the sharing of technical information; shared awareness of threats; and develop advanced cyberdefense sensors.

The project is part of NATO’s frequently repeated mantra of “Smart Defence,” which means finding ways for countries to spend more effectively in the area of defense policy.  (photo: NATO)

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