Seven NATO nations signed documents last week formally establishing a Cooperative Cyber Defence (CCD) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Talin, Estonia. The International Multilateral Partnership against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT) will convene at least 30 governments at its summit this week.
NATO’s new CoE will conduct research and training on cyber warfare and have a staff of 30, half of them from sponsoring countries Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Spain.
The agreement to form NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence CoE comes a year after a major cyber attack on Estonian government and private sector institutions. NATO’s Defense Ministers called for the development of a NATO cyber defense policy at their October 2007. The policy was adopted earlier this year.
The policy includes a Cyber Defence Management Authority that will manage cyber defense across all NATO’s communication and information systems and could support individual allies in defending against cyber attacks in the event of an Article V (mutual defense) request.
On the other side of the world, a new public-private partnership will meet in Malaysia to bring together government leaders and industry to address global cyber security. The International Multilateral Partnership against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT) received about $30 million in funding from the government of Malaysia and is currently convening its multilateral summit with about 30 governments represented.