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NATO Meeting to Address Alliance Cybersecurity and Defense

July 01, 2013

At the beginning of June, NATO marked a first — namely the “first-ever” Alliance meeting of ministers dedicated exclusively to the subject of cyber defense. For months, if not years, cyber threats have seized prime space above the fold and around the world. From Manhattan to Paris and beyond, the fifth domain after land, sea, air, and space has brought us vulnerabilities, as well as amazing advances. And just as NATO has grappled with re-defining its mission and revisiting its capabilities to deal effectively with threats in the post-Cold War world, the Alliance now faces the vexing challenge of figuring out how best to secure itself while its constituent members — including those most militarily powerful — each tackle the same question from their respective national perspectives. All of this comes at a time when countries are strapped for funds and citizens have little appetite for additional defense expenditures.
In the months ahead, NATO will decide how to support members that are the target of cyber attack and request aid.

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