On 22 March 2017, the importance of joint efforts at the global level to reduce the risks of conflict stemming from the use of information and communication technologies was debated at the joint session of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC), currently under Romania’s Chairmanship, and the Permanent Council held in Vienna.
Addressing the meeting, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Sorin Ducaru noted that while an open and interconnected cyberspace offers unprecedented opportunities for economic development and societal transformation, it also “makes us vulnerable, with cyber threats growing both in numbers and in sophistication.”
Ducaru stressed the importance of partnerships among states, international organizations, industry and academia in dealing with the challenges of cyber security: “None of us alone can be better informed, smarter or better protected than all of us acting together.”
Ducaru said that cyber security is a top priority for NATO and stressed that his organization seeks to prevent conflicts and “not to engage in them”. Referring to NATO’s approach to cyber defence, he said that the organization and its allies are “taking measures to adapt continuously to deal with the threats we face now”.
Noting that NATO is not a norm-setting organization, Ducaru said that it supports the work undertaken in other international fora. He welcomed the OSCE’s recent adoption of confidence-building measures to reduce the risks of conflict stemming from the use of information and communication technologies.
The full press release is available on the website of the OSCE