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CYBER WARFARE UPDATE

15 Nov 10. Between 16-18 November, NATO will conduct Cyber Coalition 2010, a cyber defence exercise that will test cyber incident response, inter-agency collaboration, and the strategic decision making processes of NATO and its member states. The scenario of the exercise includes multiple simultaneous cyber attacks targeting NATO and NATO member states. Cyber Coalition 2010 is a procedural cyber defence exercise that includes a number of technical elements. National cyber defence decision-making authorities, the NATO Cyber Defence Management Board and computer incident response teams from NATO and NATO nations will participate in the exercise. Cyber Coalition 2010 is the third NATO cyber defence exercise. The first edition of the exercise in November 2008 was limited to NATO bodies. As of 2009, all NATO nations have been invited to participate. The exercise will be managed by the Cyber Coalition 2010 core planning team at SHAPE near Mons, Belgium. All other participants will carry out the exercise from the country and location where they regularly operate. The NATO Headquarters International Military Staff and International Staff in Brussels, the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability Technical Centre (NCSA NCIRC TC) in Mons, Belgium, the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A)in Brussels and the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) in Tallinn, Estonia, are jointly responsible for the preparation and execution of the exercise.

11 Nov 10. UK may have to invest larger amounts in cyber security, says minister. The UK should be prepared to invest far greater sums to counter cyber attacks and bolster its cyber defences, according to the UK’s Minister for the Armed Forces, Nick Harvey. Outlining the government’s plans to improve cyber security at Chatham House on 9 November, Harvey suggested that the GBP650 million (USD1.04 billion) of new cyber capability investment announced under the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) in October may need to grow significantly in years to come. (Source: Jane’s, JDW)

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