Feeds

NATO ministers get to grips with cyber defence

'Hmm, I wonder what's for lunch...?'

The essential guide to IT transformation

NATO defence ministers last week spent at least minutes on the question of cyber defence ahead of the Bucharest summit meetings planned for next year.

The "informal Defence Ministers meeting" took place in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on Wednesday and Thursday last week. The planned agenda had issues of cyber warfare to be discussed on Thursday morning, along with missile defence, force transformation, and various other matters. In civilised style, the conflab was scheduled to wrap up in time for lunch and a nice long weekend.

The Chinese Xinhua news agency quoted Alliance spokesman James Appathurai on Thursday as saying that:

"There is a growing consensus within NATO that the alliance could add value [to cyber defence of its member states] and should define exactly where it can add value."

NATO itself reported that the informal meetings had taken place, and that "Missile defence, cyber defence, elements of energy security were identified as issues where important work will be undertaken in preparation for the NATO summit in Bucharest in April next year".

Computing.co.uk, curiously, asserts today that "Nato defence ministers met in the Netherlands on Friday last week to discuss issues of cyber defence". ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen
I scream, you scream, we all scream 'DATA BREACH'!
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic
Honeypots sweetened to resemble actual workloads, complete with 'secure' logins
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records
'Federated search' spaffed info all over Five Eyes chums
Three quarters of South Korea popped in online gaming raids
Records used to plunder game items, sold off to low lifes
Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU
Give us your metadata, we'll publish your data
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?