NATO Defence Ministers adopt new cyber defence policy

  • 08 Jun. 2011 -
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  • Last updated: 08 Jun. 2011 16:27

Following the direction provided by the Strategic Concept, the Defence Ministers have adopted the revised NATO Policy on Cyber Defence today. The policy sets out a clear vision on NATO’s efforts in cyber defence throughout the Alliance.

The revised policy will offer a coordinated approach to cyber defence across the Alliance with a focus on preventing cyber threats and building resilience. All NATO structures will be brought under centralised protection, and new cyber defence requirements will be applied. The policy clarifies political and operational mechanisms of NATO’s response to cyber attacks, and integrates cyber defence into NATO’s Defence Planning Process. The policy also sets the principles on NATO’s cyber defence cooperation with partner countries, international organisations, the private sector and academia.

In parallel to the policy, a cyber defence Action Plan has been agreed. The Action Plan will serve as the tool to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the policy.