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EU gears up to boost cyber defences and co-operation with NATO

03 October 2017

The EU is preparing to shift Europe’s defences against cyber and hybrid threats to a new level via policy and technical initiatives that, it hopes, will boost co-ordination of response among national capitals and expand EU-NATO co-operation in the domain, according to EU and national policymakers.

“We should develop an early warning system to identify threats directed either against any one of our countries or collectively,” said Jüri Luik, Estonia’s defence minister. “While many hybrid threats come from non-state actors such as ISIS [the Islamic State], it is those from state actors that pose the greatest danger, and that is part of Russia’s broad strategy to weaken the EU and NATO.”

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