EU and NATO increase information sharing on cyber incidents
10/02/2016 – Today, the European Union and NATO signed a Technical Arrangement between the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) and the Computer Emergency Response Team – European Union (CERT-EU). .
NATO and the European Union face similar challenges in protecting their networks against the growing threat of cyber attacks. To help both organisations better meet this challenge, today a Technical Arrangement on Cyber Defence was concluded between the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) and the Computer Emergency Response Team of the European Union (CERT-EU). The Technical Arrangement provides a framework for exchanging information and sharing best practices between emergency response teams.
The agreement facilitates technical information sharing between NCIRC and CERT-EU to improve cyber incident prevention, detection and response in both organisations, in line with their decision making autonomy and procedures.
Together, NATO and the EU are stronger in defending against cyber-attacks. Intensified cooperation under this arrangement will allow us in a tangible way to better prevent cyber-attacks, but also our ability to predict, detect and respond to them,” said Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.
The signing of this agreement is an important milestone to implement the objectives of the EU Cyber Defence Policy Framework, which has set cooperation with NATO as one of its five priorities. Advanced incident response coordination allows for further development of practical cooperation and the sharing of best practice in cyber defence between the EU and NATO.
The signing of this arrangement is an important milestone in the strengthened cyber defence cooperation with NATO, which was also identified as one of the five priorities under the EU Cyber Defence Policy Framework, stated Pedro Serrano,”Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service. “This is a very important development in our operational cooperation in this area.”
The aim of the arrangement is to enhance the cyber defences of both organisations by exchanging cyber defence-related data. “Information exchange is crucial to cyber defence,” said Koen Gijsbers, General Manager of the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency, responsible for operating and defending NATO’s networks. “The Technical Arrangement covers both the exchange of information on specific cyber threats, and the sharing of best practices on technical procedures, configuration of networks, and partnership with industry.”
The Technical Arrangement is a concrete example of NATO and the EU working together to enhance shared security. It is also the latest example of long-standing cooperation on cyber defence between the two organisations. In addition, cyber defence staff from the European Union have participated for several years in NATO’s flagship annual cyber defence exercise Cyber Coalition.
The EU-NATO cooperation in cyber security issues started in 2010, with high level staff-to-staff cyber defence consultations and informal meetings that now take place annually. NCIRC and CERT-EU have been cooperating since the creation of CERT-EU in 2011. The EU has been also observing the NATO annual cyber defence exercise, “Cyber Coalition”. Several informal cooperation initiatives have taken place between NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and EU agencies.
The Technical Arrangement was signed at NATO Headquarters, ahead of the NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting, by Head of CERT-EU Freddy Dezeure and Head of NCIRC Ian West, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Pedro Serrano, and Assistant Secretary General of NATO, Sorin Ducaru. [Factsheet EU cybersecurity initiatives] [Source:EU & NATO]
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