DoD discusses cybersecurity with NATO, EU

Thursday - 1/27/2011, 2:26pm EST

Cybersecurity was high on the agenda this week for top leaders from the Pentagon, NATO and the European Union.

Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn met inside the alliance headquarters in Brussels to come up with a plan to combat a recent slew of cyber attacks. According to the American Forces Press Service, the cyber defense meeting was planned at a summit in Lisbon back in November.

They reconvened for a progress report. NATO had committed to developing a cyber-incident response organization and to develop a cyber defense policy by June of this year.

The group says in a joint statement - cyber-threats have become more frequent, more organized, and more costly. They say, the attacks have reached a threshold that threatens national security and stability - in the U.S. and across Europe.

Deputy Secretary Lynn stressed the importance of public-private partnerships at this latest meeting. He said that's because the government and military regularly use private networks to communicate. The Press Service says - about 80 to 90 percent of what the government and military do in cyberspace relies on private infrastructure.

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