NATO Officially Declares Cyberspace A Domain For WarNATO Officially Declares Cyberspace A Domain For War
Cyberattack on a NATO ally will now trigger a collective response.
June 17, 2016
The North Atlantic Trade Organization (NATO) has officially declared cyberspace a warfare domain and said cyberattack on any of its allies will be tackled collectively. This was announced at a meeting by NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, reports Infosecurity.
The declaration makes it official that a cyberattack on a NATO ally would activate Article 5 and call for collective response, indicating how crucial cyberspace has become in the face of attacks on computer grids, networks and systems from foreign agents.
NATO countries will now work together and provide support to each other on cyber defense strategies apart from developing capabilities to protect NATO cyber networks, said Stoltenberg.
“Since it's very hard to imagine a military conflict today without a cyber dimension, this is important, related to almost all possible conflicts we can foresee in the future,” Stoltenberg added.
However, security experts have criticized this move with one saying that NATO is not equipped to collectively ward off a cyberattack on an ally since it has no assets to deploy in the cyber domain.
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