Brent Scowcroft Center Assistant Director Klara Tothova Jordan writes for Defense One on why the NATO Alliance must boost its cyber defense posture:
At the NATO Summit in Wales earlier this month, leaders tackled a host of challenges ranging from Ukraine to Afghanistan to Iraq. Yet, the alliance missed the opportunity to address how to deal with a potential cyber attack that could be the result of new defense posture announced at the summit.
Cyber defense capabilities are necessary for NATO to carry out its mission. This will be particularly critical with the introduction of the Readiness Action Plan (RAP), which reinforces the organization’s defensive posture in Eastern Europe, including prepositioning of forces, equipment, and command and control elements for its easternmost allies. RAP is part of deterrence measures introduced in reaction to Russian aggression against Ukraine.