NATO leaders have made resourcing cyber defence a top priority. They adopted a Cyber Defence Pledge at the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July 2016 and underlined their commitment to enhance and strengthen the cyber defences of national infrastructures and networks as a matter of priority.
The nature of the threats emanating from cyber space and the possibility of exposure to these threats in any given situation creates difficulty in deciding what areas of cyber defence to spend on. This points to the need for an approach to cyber defence based on assessment and the management of risks that allow resources to be prioritised against threats.
In addition to addressing these issues, budgeting appropriately for cyber defence involves the examination of both tangible and intangible costs. Software and hardware must often be integrated slowly into the working environment, while hiring new personnel can require additional training and exercises before they can fully contribute to cyber defence.
While it may seem difficult to prioritize cyber defence budgets it must be remembered that a little targeted spending can go a long way. Spending on innovation will be increasingly important and can take advantage of early stage research and development for improving cyber defence.
Therefore the purpose of the Cyber Defence Pledge is to facilitate the sharing of best practices, experiences and innovations among Allies in order to improve the cyber defence capabilities of the Alliance as a whole.
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