Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, left, will be keynote speaker at the Conference on Cyber Conflict that opens in Talinn June 3. (Ilmars Znotins/AFP)
BRUSSELS — Austria became the first non-NATO nation to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia after signing an agreement with the center’s current member nations at NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia.
The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a research and training facility that aims to enhance capability, cooperation and information-sharing within NATO, its member nations and partners in Cyber defense through education, research and development, lessons learned, and consultation.
As a non-NATO nation, Austria joined the center as a contributing participant. As such it can participate in the center’s work but has no voting right in the steering committee, which governs the organization’s budget and program of work.
In a press release, the center said that “the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Turkey and United Kingdom are expected to join this year” and that “discussions with Finland will hopefully lead to an agreement within this year.”
Experts from Czech Republic, France, Turkey and UK are already working at the center.
Looking ahead, the center will host a major Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon) from June 3 to 6 in Tallinn, Estonia. The first workshop will be on “Responsive Cyber Defence,” which is a new approach to counter the increase of Cyber threats IT systems have to face. It will look at responsive means and methods to defend against imminent or on-going cyber threats against an organization.
During the conference, the results of a study on responsive cyber defense produced by the center will be presented and discussed. Based on this, real case scenarios will be set out and analyzed from a technical and a legal perspective.
The conference opening keynote speech will be given by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the president of Estonia, followed by speeches by a senior UK Defence Minister and Jamie Shea, NATO’s deputy assistant secretary general for Emerging Security Challenges. ■