A new era has dawned for NATO, euronews correspondent Andrei Beketov reports from the Cyber Security symposium in Mons, Belgium.
“At the July NATO Summit in Warsaw cyberspace was recognised as the alliance’s fourth operational domain – alongside land, sea and air,” Beketov says.
“At the same time the Alliance announced business opportunities worth 70 million euros for dealing with cyber threat. Now’s the time for hi tech companies to offer their goods.”.
Alongside NATO officials, more than a thousand industry representatives have been attending the Cyber Security symposium to learn about NATO’s cyber requirements and to promote their products.
Despite the business up for grabs – Ian West, Chief of Cyber Security at the NATO Communications and Information Agency, tells euronews that he does not think NATO is moving towards increased privatisation of its cyber defence
“I think the recognition is that big organisations and the countries cannot do that (protect their cyber security) alone. They need industry. We certainly need industry. We need their innovation, their expertise, their solutions.
“Because these solutions are countering the threats the whole world is facing. And NATO is no different from any other organisation.”
Bidders to win contracts for the business of NATO cyber defence, will be invited to tender next year, with the first round of investments to be completed in 2018.