Digital By Default News: NATO recognises need to defend cyberspace

June 20 — NATO recognises need to defend cyberspace
NATO has agreed to recognise cyberspace as an operational domain alongside air, sea and land. In response to the news, Ryan Wilk, VP at NuData Security, comments.

The announcement was made following a meeting of NATO’s defence ministers earlier this week.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that this recognition means NATO will coordinate and organise its efforts to protect against cyber attacks in a better and more efficient way.

“It is somewhat hard to believe that each time a foreign countries military jet comes near our airspace we scramble a $100m (£68m) fighter jet to ensure our safety, but at the same time foreign governments are breaching our most secure government instructions cyber defences with impunity.

“It is time our leaders do more to ensure our digital infrastructure be given the same level of scrutiny as the physical. Simple things like doing more to ensure user authentication goes beyond simple username/password verification to better validate the human accessing the sensitive system.”

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