Secretary General Details NATO’s Policy on Cyber Attacks and Article 5

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, March 25, 2015In a crisis, the first responder will be the nation that is targeted. But NATO must be there to support any national efforts. This is a matter of planning and of political will; and making sure that we complement and reinforce each other. We need to be able to deal with complex evolving hybrid situations, including cyber-aggression.

Cyber is now a central part of virtually all crises and conflicts. NATO has made it clear that cyber-attacks can potentially trigger an Article 5 response. We need to detect and counter cyber-attacks early; improve our resilience; and be able to recover quickly.

A more active cyber policy should be a focus as we plan for Warsaw. Cyber defence is just one of the capabilities we need in order to deal with the changed security environment.

Excerpt from keynote speech by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO Transformation Seminar, March 25, 2015.

Image: Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, March 25, 2015 (photo: NATO)