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Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have encouraged or will encourage NATO to improve defences against cyber warfare aimed at its member states. [HL194]

The UK fully supported the development of NATO's cyber defence policy, endorsed at the Bucharest summit in 2008, to enhance the protection of its critical communication and information systems against disruption through attack or illegal access. The policy includes provision of assistance to individual allies if requested. The UK has long been an advocate of the need for NATO's transformation to be a continual process to ensure that the alliance has the right capabilities and structures to meet current, emerging and enduring challenges to its security, including cyber defence. We have, therefore, also urged allies to consider NATO's role in tackling new threats, such as cyber attack, as part of the process of updating its strategic concept.