NATO seeks single cyber command

Strategy needed to protect EU critical infrastructure from adversaries

NATO is working to get all its agencies and commands under a single cyber roof by the end of 2012, but lacks a strategy to respond to an all-out assault on civilian critical infrastructure throughout the European Union, Defense News reports.

At a Nov. 9 NATO Security and Defence Agenda event in Brussels, Maj. Gen. Patrick Fermier, director of NATO C3 Staff, dodged a question about whether NATO needs to improve its cyber offensive capacity to buttress its cyber defense capabilities.  
"NATO is trying to develop the protection of its infrastructure network," he said. "We'll see...what steps to take in the future."

Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU's commissioner for Home Affairs, said the EU has developed relations with NATO in the area of civilian critical infrastructure protection. But when asked whether there was an EU-NATO plan in place to respond to an Estonia-type cyberattack by another state or terrorist organization, she said "there was no strategy."

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