U.S. Engages NATO and E.U. in Cyber Defense Talks

Monday, January 24, 2011

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Officials from the United States, NATO and the European Union are meeting this week to discuss enhanced cooperative strategies to bolster the cybersecurity and defense efforts outlined last fall.

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III will meet with the E.U.'s Gábor Iklódy of Hungary and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to discuss progress on cybersecurity since the November summit in Lisbon.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said, “it’s an opportunity for Deputy Secretary Lynn to meet and discuss with NATO and EU leaders ways to strengthen cybersecurity and to follow through on the Lisbon Summit declaration to develop and implement a NATO cyber policy and implementation plan with real capabilities."

Alliance member nations seek to increase advanced threat warnings, situational awareness and incident response capabilities in the face of mounting cyber threats.

Leaders also hope to increase cooperative efforts with the private sector, recognizing that the majority of critical systems are not administrated by government entities.

“This is critical in terms of securing networks and, indeed, the entire communications infrastructure. Some 80 to 90 percent of what we are doing rides on the private infrastructure," a senior defense official stated.

Cybersecurity threats are dynamic in nature, so Lynn and other officials are seeking to accelerate the alliance's timeline.

“The challenge, of course, will be in today’s environment, with the resource constraints we have, to get each to leverage capabilities to move quickly to counter this threat," the defense official said.

Source:  http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/library/news/2011/01/sec-110123-afps01.htm

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