Developing NATO’s cyber defence policy

  • 25 Jan. 2011 -
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  • Last updated: 27 Jan. 2011 10:55

Senior National Policy Advisors of NATO nations gathered in Brussels on 25 January for an exchange of views on how to further develop the Alliance’s cyber defence policy. They discussed how NATO can provide added value for the Alliance’s common defence against cyber threats and how to make use of NATO assets and capabilities in the field of cyber defence.

Centre: Opening address by NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen Right: Ambassador Gábor Iklódy, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

During his opening remarks, the NATO Secretary General noted that cyber threats are growing both in terms of frequency and sophistication. “We decided at our Lisbon Summit last November that NATO will have to devote far greater attention to cyberspace. There simply can be no true security without cyber security,” he said. “Today’s meeting is an important part of getting ahead of the cyber curve.” 

NATO Heads of State and Government agreed a new Strategic Concept that gives far more prominence to cyber defence than any previous NATO document. They also committed to an ambitious workplan to bolster NATO’s cyber capabilities.