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31 May - 06 Jun 2013

NATO Cyber Defence Centre Should Play Bigger Role

5 June (BNS)

Chief of the U.S. Cyber Command Gen. Keith Alexander is of the opinion that the role of the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence must increase and that the centre must take cyber issues to the key people.

Estonia's defence chief Maj. Gen. Riho Terras met on Tuesday with the visiting U.S. general, military spokespeople said. The two visited the Tallinn-based NATO Cyber Defence Centre and discussed questions related to cyber security and cyber defence training for both experts and key people.

Terras observed that Estonia has for years been a trailblazer in cyber security, leading the development of the cyber defence centre in co-operation with NATO and partner countries. "At the same time, a country the size of Estonia needs a strategic partner for practical work. With the United States, our co-operation in the field of cyber defence has worked well," he said.

According to Alexander, the cyber defence centre has been developing in the planned direction. "The centre's role in training must increase so as to bring cyber defence to the key people - commanders of defence forces and ministers, in order to help countries to build their cyber capabilities," he said, according to remarks published in Estonian.

Alexander attended together with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves a roundtable of the International Centre for Defence Studies.

The U.S. cyber defence chief will speak about cyber conflicts from a military perspective at the international conference CyCon 2013 that begins in Tallinn on Wednesday.

The fifth cyber conflict conference of the NATO cyber defence centre brings together 400 experts from all around the world. The conference discussions will run on two parallel tracks - strategy, law and ethics, and technical challenges and solutions.

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