Deputy Defense Sec'y to Bolster 'Incomplete' NATO Cyber Policies

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III, Photo: defense.gov

Strengthening cybersecurity was an important part of the annual NATO summit in November. But, it’s clear — in today’s evolving world of cyber threats and vulnerabilities, meeting once a year is not enough.

So, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III will travel to Brussels this week to discuss with NATO and European Union leaders ongoing efforts within the alliance to bolster cybersecurity.

Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman said the meeting offered NATO and EU leaders an opportunity to “follow through on the Lisbon Summit declaration to develop and implement a NATO cyber policy and implementation plan with real capabilities.”

According to the American Forces Press Service, Lynn will work most closely with Ambassador Gábor Iklódy of Hungary, NATO’s assistant secretary general for emerging security challenges.

NATO hammered out early efforts on  cybersecurity at the Lisbon summit, including  key conceptual definitions, an incident response capability and a warning system.

But defense officials say much work remains.

An unnamed senior defense official told AFPS cyber efforts thus far have been “incomplete.”

“They did not cover as much of the networks as we need,” the official said. “We do not cover 100 percent of the networks yet. At the same time, the desire resulted in a plan that was pushed four to five years out.”

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