NATO´s strategic steps on cyber-defence in 2013

NATO´s strategic steps on cyber-defence in 2013

2013 was a year of considerable progress in NATO’s ability to defend itself against cyber-attacks.

In 2013, Allies broadened the portfolio of Smart Defence projects and made considerable progress on a number of projects already underway. One of those projects is the "Multinational Cyber Defence Capability Development". This project improves the means for sharing technical information and promotes awareness of threats and attacks. Participating countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013, providing the basis for future progress.

In 2013, NATO has also implemented NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) centralised protection at NATO Headquarters, Commands and Agencies. This is a major upgrade of NATO´s protection against the cyber threat. NATO networks in the 51 NATO locations that make up NATO Headquarters, the NATO Command Structure and NATO Agencies are under comprehensive 24/7 surveillance and protected by enhanced sensors and intrusion detection technologies.

While NATO’s primary role in the cyber domain is to defend its own networks, in 2013 the Alliance broadened its efforts to address cyber threats. For the first time, cyber defence has been included in NATO’s defence planning process. This will help to ensure that Allies have the basic organisation, capabilities, and interoperability to assist each other in the event of cyber attacks. NATO also continued to feature cyber defence scenarios in its exercises, training, and education.

NATO’s annual Cyber Coalition exercise was held in November 2013 and included the participation of seven partner countries and the European Union. During the exercise, 400 national and NATO cyber defence experts participated remotely from their locations, and 80 experts participated from Tartu, Estonia where the exercise was hosted.

More about the NATO Secretary General´s Annual Report 2013 here:

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