16 Feb 2017

NATO and Finland step up to cyber challenge

NATO and Finland have agreed to cooperate further within the cyber arena with the signing of a Political Framework Arrangement.

The arrangement is designed to help improve the resilience of networks in both Finland and at NATO in the face of a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape.

Strong partnerships play a key role in effectively addressing cyber challenges, and the signing of this agreement is an example of the long-standing cooperation between NATO and Finland on cyber issues.

“We look forward to enhancing our situational awareness and exchanging best practices with Finland, including through dedicated points of contact for rapid information exchange on early warning information and lessons learned,” said Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.

“This arrangement is a good example of the cooperation between NATO and Finland – it is practical, substantial and at the same time mutually beneficial. Finland sees many opportunities of enhanced cooperation for example in conducting training and exercises in the cyber domain,” said Mr. Jukka Juusti, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Finland.

Finland is actively engaged with NATO on a number of cyber defence activities, including participation in NATO’s annual flagship cyber defence exercise – Cyber Coalition, as well as NATO’s Crisis Management Exercise.

NATO tailors its engagement with partner countries on a case-by-case basis, considering shared values, mutual interest and common approaches to cyber defence.

 

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