Feeds

Group recommends joint NATO-Russia 'cyber' war games

Rules of engagement in the digital age

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Russia should undertake joint information-warfare exercises so the two countries can better protect critical digital infrastructure, policy wonks at an international group said.

The proposal, which was included in a 32-page report released Wednesday by the EastWest Institute, would help the US and Russia achieve mutual goals in much the way that previous collaborations in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have, its authors argued.

“In the framework of NATO-Russia scientific cooperation, Russia and the United States should engage in reciprocal observation of and participation in simulations of cyber attacks,” they wrote. “Along with the NATO partners, both countries should develop methodologies and standards for vulnerability assessments and ranking of critical facilities.”

It was one of four recommendations submitted in the paper, which was titled Russia, The United States, and Cyber Diplomacy: Opening the Doors. The paper's objective is for both countries' to work together to improve their digital security. The other recommendations are:

  • Expand existing “cyber crime emergency response” systems and “champion a global framework of 24/7 points of contact.” This could be done under the umbrella of the G8.
  • Jointly assess “cyber warfare” policies, particularly rules of engagement for offensive attacks on countries' critical infrastructure.
  • Develop an “ecosystem” of trusted identities through public key infrastructure framework developed by the ITU.

The paper was released the same day that a top US defense official said NATO should build a “cyber shield” to protect the alliance's military and economic infrastructure from internet threats. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for
It's on by default – didn't you read the small print?
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch
Redmond makes a hash of hashing add-on
NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code
It's been fixed, but hordes won't have applied the upgrade
Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan
Encryption would lead us all into a 'dark place', claim G-Men
'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail
15 months home detention leaves egg on feds' faces as they grab for more power
China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog
Attack harvests users' info at iPhone 6 launch
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.