NATO Defense Ministers Tackle Cyber Threat

In a meeting yesterday in Brussels, Belgium, NATO defense ministers agreed on a policy to improve the alliance’s defenses against growing cyber threats, according to Defense News.

A NATO official said the concept is the first step toward the approval of a new cybersecurity policy to update the existing  one, which was created in 2008. The new policy would consider “the fact that cyber defense is evolving fast and the need to update capabilities to deal with the threat,” the official said.

As part of NATO’s policy, its Computer Incident Response Centre is set to be fully operational by 2012. Its stand-up would mean investing in equipment and creating cyber-response teams to help member states that request assistance, the official said.

The concept also refers to the need to integrate cyber threats into NATO’s defense planning. Defense ministers are expected to approve a renewed NATO cyber defense policy and establish a strategy at their next meeting in June.

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