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Improved information sharing key for NATO cyber ops

06 January 2017

NATO does not yet need a cyber Command but requires better sharing of information among members in the near term, according to military commanders and organisation officials.

Speaking at the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence's (CCD COE's) International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon) in Tallinn, Estonia, Brigadier General Hans Folmer, Commander of the Netherlands Defence Cyber Command, said that NATO and its members do not yet have a level of understanding of the cyberspace domain that will enable the organisation to effectively manage a dedicated cyber Command and employ its capabilities.

Brig Gen Folmer said that work is required to understand how the command and control elements would function, where this should be positioned within NATO, and how capabilities are exercised - notably at what point cyber effects are employed.

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