Cyber Defence


Against the background of increasing dependence on technology and on the Internet, the Alliance is advancing its efforts to confront the wide range of cyber threats targeting NATO’s networks on a daily basis. The growing sophistication of cyber attacks makes the protection of the Alliance’s communications and information systems (CIS) an urgent task.


  • Cyber defence is part of NATO’s core task of collective defence. NATO approved its first cyber defence policy in January 2008 following the cyber attacks against Estonia.
  • NATO is responsible for the protection of its own communication networks.
  • Nations are and remain responsible for the security of their communication networks which need to be compatible with NATO’s and with each other’s.
  • Allies are committed to enhancing information sharing and mutual assistance in preventing, mitigating and recovering from cyber attacks.
  • NATO is intensifying its cooperation with industry.
  • NATO enhances its capabilities for cyber education, training and exercises.


NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence


NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is based in Tallinn, Estonia and its mission is to enhance the capability, cooperation and information sharing among NATO, NATO nations and partners in cyber defence by virtue of education, research and development, lessons learned and consultation. Membership at the Centre is open to all NATO nations but cooperation projects are conducted jointly with NATO’s Partner countries, academia and the private sector. The Centre’s current Sponsoring Nations are the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition Austria and Finland have joined the Centre as a Contributing Participants. The Centre is funded and staffed by the aforementioned nations.

Their vision is to be the main source of expertise in the field of cooperative cyber defence by accumulating, creating, and disseminating knowledge in related matters within NATO, NATO nations and partners.



Reade more about the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence HERE.