Nato announces plans for quick-reaction cyber defence teams

Nato announces plans for quick-reaction cyber defence teams
Nato announces plans for quick-reaction cyber defence teams

Nato has announced plans to form ‘quick-reaction cyber defence teams' to protect its and allies' networks.

According to secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, it has dealt with 2,500 ‘significant cases' of cyber attacks in the past year, as the US Department of Defense reported.

He said that ministers have agreed to approach cyber defence as an alliance so one attack can be dealt with quickly and effectively. “Cyber defence is only as effective as the weakest link in the chain. By working together, we strengthen the chain,” he said.

He said that by October, the teams should be fully operational and while they will focus primarily on protecting Nato's networks, they may also respond to attacks on individual members states that request Nato's assistance.

He said: “Cyber attacks do not stop at national borders. Our defences should not, either.”

More is expected to be announced on the response teams later this year.

Ross Brewer, vice president and managing director for international markets at LogRhythm, said: “For an organisation like Nato, the ramifications of a successful cyber attack could be incredibly damaging – and lives, as well as highly sensitive information, could be lost as a result.

“Cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attacks and, while they may have been unsuccessful in breaching Nato's networks to date, this doesn't mean it won't happen in the future.

“As they say knowledge is power, and this is especially pertinent when it comes to defending against cyber criminals in order to stay one step ahead.  It's therefore heartening that organisations such as Nato are increasing the amount of information that they share internally.”

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