NATO and Finland step up cyber defence cooperation

  • 16 Feb. 2017 -
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  • Last updated: 16 Feb. 2017 14:33

In the face of a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape, strong partnerships play a key role in effectively addressing cyber challenges. Today (16 February 2017), NATO and Finland stepped up their engagement with the signing of a Political Framework Arrangement on cyber defence cooperation. The arrangement will allow NATO and Finland to better protect and improve the resilience of their networks.

We look forward to enhancing our situational awareness and exchanging best practices with Finland, including through dedicated points of contact for rapid information exchange on early warning information and lessons learned,” said Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.

“This arrangement is a good example of the cooperation between NATO and Finland – it is practical, substantial and at the same time mutually beneficial. Finland sees many opportunities of enhanced cooperation for example in conducting training and exercises in the cyber domain,” said Mr. Jukka Juusti, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Finland.

 The signing of this arrangement is the latest example of long-standing cooperation on cyber defence between NATO and Finland. Finland is actively engaged with NATO on a number of cyber defence activities, including participation in NATO’s annual flagship cyber defence exercise – Cyber Coalition, as well as NATO’s Crisis Management Exercise.

NATO tailors its engagement with partner countries on a case-by-case basis, considering shared values, mutual interest and common approaches to cyber defence.