Allied Intelligence Chiefs discuss countering cyber-attacks and disinformation at NATO Headquarters
The Heads of Allied Civil and Military, Intelligence and Security Organizations met at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on 29 November 2018 for talks on countering disinformation, cyber-attacks and traditional means of espionage. The conference was opened by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with the Romanian Chair of NATO’s Civilian Intelligence Committee and the Canadian Chair of the Military Intelligence Committee. The Allied Intelligence officials endorsed the framework for the establishment of a NATO Intelligence Academy, and they discussed together with Partner services and the European Union about emerging technologies that have an impact on intelligence and also about NATO – EU cooperation.
“High quality intelligence and analysis are vital to the security of the Alliance”, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security, Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, said after the meeting. “Today, we face challenges from a much more assertive Russia as well as from terrorism and instability in the Middle East. The role of the Intelligence Community is to assess those challenges and provide the best information and recommendations to the NATO’s North Atlantic Council.” Ambassador Loringhoven cited well documented attempts to manipulate elections, hack the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and spark a coup in Montenegro as recent examples of hybrid attacks.
Due to the deteriorating security environment after 2014, NATO has created a new Intelligence Division to better understand the threats to our security. The division does not collect its own intelligence, but assesses information provided by allied services.
Source: NATO Press Release, Last updated: 03 Dec. 2018 15:11
NATO Foreign Ministers meet in Brussels
NATO Foreign Ministers are meeting today (4 December 2018) to begin two days of talks on critical issues for the Alliance’s shared security. Ministers will discuss NATO’s cooperation with Georgia and Ukraine, transatlantic security, and the Alliance’s approach to the Middle East and North Africa. The Western Balkans and the security situation in Afghanistan will also be high on the agenda.
Source: NATO Press Release, Last updated: 04 Dec. 2018 10:27
The Romanian Intelligence Service supports NATO in organizing the largest cyber-defense exercise
For 5 days, CyberInt National Center specialists together with representatives from 27 other countries are taking part in the Cyber Coalition international cyber-defense exercise.
Having reached its tenth edition, the simulation organized each year by NATO in its own cyber-range is now being carried out in Estonia. 700 cyber security experts will test their knowledge and their capabilities to defend the North Atlantic Alliance networks against large scale cyber-attacks which are part of a more complex scenario.
As part of the planning team, in addition to elaborating together with NCIA (NATO’S Communications and Intelligence Agency) the main scenario to be implemented in NATO’S cyber-range in Estonia, SRI has built its virtual infrastructure, offering the exercise a high degree of realism.
The scenario, consisting of several storylines, is based on an alleged attack which tests the operational and legal procedures as well as those regarding the information exchange with the allied partners. The participants will work together in order to pinpoint the threat as soon as possible and limit its impact on national systems. The exercise, where SRI is participating for the fifth consecutive year, will be over on November 30th.
Source: the Romanian Intelligence Service(SRI) , 28 November 2017
By Intell News Romania in English on December 4, 2018