NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană, speaking at the online CYBERSEC public policy conference on Monday (28 September), emphasised the need to continue adapting to new threats arising from advances in technology, such as cyber threats.

The Deputy Secretary General said that NATO takes technological advances very seriously and has already made some important decisions in recent years to become more ‘cyber-ready’ and ‘cyber-secure’. As an example, he noted that NATO designated cyberspace as a separate military domain, alongside land, sea, air, and space. “We agreed that a cyber-attack could trigger Article 5 of our founding treaty where an attack against one Ally is treated as an attack against all,” Geoană said. Mr. Geoană stressed that NATO agreed to establish a Cyberspace Operations Centre at the heart of the Alliance’s military command structure.

The Deputy Secretary General also noted that actors have used the current COVID-19 crisis to exploit vulnerabilities in cyber space and there has there has been an increase in malicious cyber activities since the start of the crisis. He said that it is therefore important for Allies to continue to better protect their cyber infrastructure and increase their resilience to novel threats.

The CYBERSEC Forum is an annual conference organized by the Kosciuszko Institute in Poland.

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