[AfrICANN-discuss] Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III is meeting with NATO and European Union officials here to strengthen cyberdefense capabilities

Jean-Robert Hountomey hrobert at iservices.tg
Tue Jan 25 13:29:28 SAST 2011

My personal comment about this is: where is Africa?

Lynn Arrives in Brussels for Cybersecurity Talks
(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued January 23, 2011)
BRUSSELS, Belgium --- Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III is
meeting with NATO and European Union officials here to strengthen
cyberdefense capabilities.

This is Lynn’s second visit to the alliance in four months to discuss

“It’s an opportunity for Deputy Secretary Lynn to meet and discuss with NATO
and EU leaders ways to strengthen cybersecurity and to follow through on the
Lisbon Summit declaration to develop and implement a NATO cyber policy and
implementation plan with real capabilities,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan
Whitman said.

NATO leaders recognize that cyber threats are increasingly dangerous and
during the Lisbon Summit dedicated the alliance to work to develop
capabilities to address the threats. Political and military leaders and
their cybersecurity experts are here to track the progress made since the
summit in November.

“It’s an opportunity to bring cyber experts to really begin putting the
implementation aspects behind the plan,” a senior defense official said on

One goal is to secure the alliance networks and to have all nations
contribute to that effort, the official said. A primary focus for Lynn this
week is “to look at bringing these nations together under this NATO common
vision and having them leverage each others’ expertise and experiences and
drawing a common vision based on the threat to better secure NATO’s
networks,” the official said.

Lynn will meet with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, but will
work most closely with Ambassador Gábor Iklódy of Hungary, the alliance’s
assistant secretary general for emerging security challenges.

Lisbon has changed the environment in NATO. “There is an excitement, and
enthusiasm now coming off of Lisbon to do more,” the official said.

NATO is not starting from ground zero. The alliance had concepts, an
incident response capability, ways to warn each other, and to begin to get
around the idea of situational awareness. But these were nascent.

“They were incomplete,” the official said. “They did not cover as much of
the networks as we need. We do not cover 100 percent of the networks yet. At
the same time, the desire resulted in a plan that was pushed four to five
years out.”

Alliance leaders at Lisbon advanced that schedule. “They are accelerating
the timeline and providing complete coverage across military networks with a
bridge to civilian networks over the course of the next three years,” the
official said.

Lynn also is expected to meet with European Union cybersecurity officials to
see how the cybersecurity efforts on NATO, the EU and the United States can
complement each other.

Lynn also will look at ways to engender a relationship with the private
sector, the official said. “This is critical in terms of securing networks
and, indeed, the entire communications infrastructure,” the official said.
“Some 80 to 90 percent of what we are doing rides on the private

The cyber threat continues to grow and morph. “That is a constant drumbeat
reminder that NATO must come together to build not only a plan, but a way to
implement it,” the official said. “The challenge, of course, will be in
today’s environment, with the resource constraints we have, to get each to
leverage capabilities to move quickly to counter this threat.”


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