Merkel briefed on recent developments in cyber defense ({{commentsTotal}})

Together with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited NATO'S CCD COE in Tallinn. Aug. 24, 2016. Source: (Tauno Tõhk/Government Office)

Currently on a two-day visit to Estonia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCD COE) in Tallinn, where she was given an overview of the newest developments in the field of cyber defense.

"Germany is a founding member of the NATO cyber defense center," said Sven Sakkov, director of the CCD COE, according to spokespeople. "It is unlikely that an international conflict takes place without resistance in cyberspace, and all countries have to be able to implement effective rules of law in regard to what is happening in cyberspace as well as protect computer networks."

The center director noted that German defense forces are working on establishing a cyber defense unit. "Like many states," he added, "Germany is creating the ability to operate in cyberspace. It is a new world in which cooperation between allies is more important than ever before."

Based in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, NATO's CCD COE is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub, think tank and training facility which focuses on interdisciplinary applied research and development as well as consultations, trainings and exercises in the field of cyber security. Membership of the center is open to all allies.

Currently the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US have signed on as sponsoring nations of the center.

Austria and Finland have become contributing participants — the status available for non-NATO members.

Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik

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