NATO and global cyber defence

10 October 2011


On 10-11 October 2011, leading NATO and cyber defence experts will gather at Wolfson College, Cambridge, to discuss the future of NATO and Global Cyber Defence. This NATO Science for Peace sponsored workshop is the first formal activity of our new Cyber Defence Project that examines the changing nature of cyber defence in the post-9/11 era. Since the infamous 2007 attack on NATO Member State Estonia, the Alliance has made significant progress on bolstering its cyber defences as most recently outlined in its New Strategic Concept. However, given the increasing sophistication and severity of recent cyber attacks directed at NATO Internet systems, some Member States have called for the creation of a ‘cyber shield’ over NATO territory.

Questions to be addressed by workshop participants:

  1. Is there such a thing as ‘Alliance Cyberspace’? If so, what level of cyber security should NATO provide its Member and Partner States?
  2. What capabilities does NATO currently possess to defend against catastrophic cyber attack? What additional capabilities does the Alliance need?
  3. Should NATO develop offensive tactics/technologies to deny or deter enemy access to certain NATO systems and platforms?
  4. Should NATO centralise its cyber defences or move towards a more distributed flexible response?
  5. Since cyberspace and the Internet are global mediums, does NATO cyber defence require global partnerships?
  6. Since cyberspace and the Internet are largely owned and managed by the private sector, does NATO need new modes of public-private partnerships?
  7. Should NATO take an active position re: how the Laws of Armed Conflict may or may not apply to cyberspace?
  8. Can cyber defence be managed adequately by current NATO structures or does it require a more integrated command and control structure?
  9. Can the present NATO cyber defence system successfully thwart a massive denial service attack?
  10. What skills and training will the next generation of NATO cyber warfighters require?

For further information please contact Jackie Ouchikh. Workshop participation is by invitation only.


Professor Jon Crowcroft

Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge

Jon Crowcroft: Case study

Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge

Dr Rex Hughes

Wolfson College Cambridge

  • In news articles

    Cyber Defence and NATO workshop

    CSaP hosted a workshop with NATO Science for Peace on 10 and 11 October in Wolfson College, Cambridge. It was the first event of a new CSaP Cyber Defence Project, and brought together experts from the private sector, defence, law and policy making to discuss the realities of cyber warfare.