NATO to enrich its Cyber Threat Defenses!

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization shortly known as NATO is all set to enrich its Cyber Threat Defense capabilities pretty shortly. And as per the details available to our Cybersecurity Insiders, the inter governmental military alliance of 29 independent member countries working across North America and Europe is all set to create a new Cyber Operations Center as part of an update to NATO’s strategy of being effective as they are on land, sea and in the air.

NATO, which happens to be the world’s largest military alliance is also planning to further integrate its new cyber operations center with member’s cyber warfare capabilities in a mission to use minimum force to achieve a maximum effect to mitigate all variants of cyber threats.

General Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary of NATO strongly believes that cyber warfare will play an integral part in a military conflict such as a World War 3. He added that in some scenarios, nations like Russia and North Korea will feel the use of cyber weapons as more appropriate than a standard military response.

And following their footsteps, NATO wants to add the cyber weapons to its armory in to step up its alliance strategy towards cyber warfare.

Stoltenberg made an official announcement that NATO has already used digital attacks against ISIS in Iraq and Syria- all in accordance with International Laws. And most of the attacks have been successful to a great extent.

However, except for the permanent members of UK, US, and France, no other country has expressed its desire to share its cyber defense capabilities with NATO’s central repository yet.

NOTE- NATO’s increased focus on cyber defenses comes after some countries like Britain, France, and Australia expressed their worry about hackers probing their critical national infrastructure. And with the US already issuing a warning about an ongoing secret hacking campaign targeting energy sectors, government, and manufacturing industries operating across the world, the said scenario has turned even more serious.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security