NATO Revises Cyber Defense Policy

NATO has a Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.

From  It was announced on Wednesday that NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels, June 8-9, adopted a revised NATO Policy on Cyber Defense with further details of the next steps released today.

The initial briefing gave little details about how the revised policy would offer a coordinated approach to cyber defense across the Alliance through a stated, renewed, focus on preventing cyber threats and building resilience. Now it has been revealed that two major questions were tackled by ministers: what does NATO want to defend and how should it do it?

A concept of NATO cyber defense, agreed upon in March 2011, formed the basis for the discussion and provided the starting point for policy expansion. Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges Division gave a brief overview of NATO’s new approached saying, “The new NATO policy will not only enable NATO to defend its own networks more quickly and effectively but also provide much more assistance to Allies and Partners in all the three crucial areas of cyber security: prevention, coping with cyber attacks and limiting their impact, and helping countries which are attacked to recover and restore their vital information systems rapidly.” The Deputy Assistant Secretary General added, “This is real progress for NATO. . . .”

"It is no exaggeration to state that cyber attacks have become a new form of permanent, low-level warfare.” Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General.   (graphic: US Infrastructure)

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