US affirms support for Tallinn cyber-defence centre

The US is to increase its support for and  cooperation with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCE) Ashton B Carter, US Secretary of Defence said yesterday during his visit to the centre which is based in Tallinn, Estonia.

Carter explained that the US Department of Defence will work with the Centre of Excellence in three main areas:  development of cyber defence strategies, critical infrastructure protection planning, and cyber defence posture assessments. He commented: "We must prepare NATO and our Allies for cyber-challenges, particularly from Russia.  That's why I visited NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and I'm pleased to announce a new American initiative to bolster the Centre's role in leading our partners towards improved cyber-defence."

“It is important that high-level decision makers and military leaders are up-to-date with the latest in cyber-security as it has become an inherent part of modern warfare,” explained Colonel Artur Suzik, director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.  He adds: “The Centre supports NATO and our member nations with applied research, trainings and exercises. However, cyber increasingly needs to become integrated into operational planning.”

The CCDCE is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub focused on interdisciplinary applied research and development, consultation, training and exercises in the field of cyber-security, staffed and financed by sponsoring nations and contributing participants. Membership of the Centre is open to all NATO Allies and currently includes the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA. Greece and Turkey's spornsorship is being finalised, Austria has become a contributing participant and Finland aims to do the same.