NATO and the United Kingdom agreed to deepen their cyber defence cooperation with the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding. The signature ceremony was held at NATO Headquarters, where NATO, represented by Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General in his capacity as Chairman of the Cyber Defence Management Board (CDMB), co-signed with Mr. Paul Chichester, Director of Operations at the National Cyber Security Centre.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Chichester stated “To meet the challenges of cyber threats, the UK Government launched a five year National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) in November last year, supported by £1.9billion of investment. Part of this includes the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which will provide a single, central body for cyber security at a national level. In line with our Cyber Defence Pledge and Strategic Defence and Security Review commitments, NCSC will use its intelligence capabilities and world-class technical insights to work with NATO and our allies to better protect our networks.”
This MOU aims to further improve cyber defence cooperation and assistance between NATO and the UK’s national cyber defence authorities. The Memorandum will enhance interoperability, facilitate information sharing and assistance, and improve cyber incident prevention, resilience and response capabilities.