Who will be involved in the NATO Industry Cyber Partnership?
“Industry is a key player in cyberspace, since the private sector owns the majority of the world’s information systems and provides technical solutions for cyber defence. Simply put, industry is often our first line of defence; it is industry that has the ‘tanks and the soldiers’ for cyber defence. At Wales, Alliance leaders endorsed a NATO Industry Cyber Partnership to encourage voluntary engagement between us in an open and inclusive manner. And only two weeks after the Summit, that partnership was launched at the NATO Information Assurance Symposium which brought together some 1,500 industry leaders and policymakers.”
– NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow at the 2014 NATO Industry Forum, Croatia
Relying upon existing structures and bodies, the NATO Industry Cyber Partnership brings together NATO entities, national Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) and a broad spectrum of NATO Nations’ industry representatives, including small and medium sized enterprises. Academia also makes an important contribution to the cyber defence debate. We face similar threats and challenges. But these threats and challenges also present us with opportunities. The NATO Industry Cyber Partnership represents a solid framework upon which to take our efforts forward in a concerted and constructive manner. NATO recognizes that cyber defence plays a critical role for our societies, and ultimately for ensuring that the Alliance remains ready and resilient in the wired world.