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NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, caution about growing cyber threat

NATO Secretary General caution about growing cyber threat: The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg highlighted recent cyberattacks against satellites, vital infrastructure, and government agencies, particularly as a result of Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine and warned of the genuine and growing threat from cyberspace.

NATO Secretary General caution about growing cyber threat: Key Points

  • NATO has long taken the threat posed by both state-sponsored and non-state actors to cyberspace very seriously.
  • The Allies have increased their investment in our cyber defences as a result of the Cyber Defence Pledge, which was adopted at the NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome will host the NATO 2022 Cyber Defence Pledge Conference on November 9 and 10.
  • With assistance from the NATO International Staff, Italy and the United States are co-hosting the conference.

“I call on Allies to recommit to cyber defense,” Mr. Stoltenberg continued. with greater resources, more knowledge, and better teamwork. We are all in this together as this is an essential component of our collective defence.

The secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, said that while China is not an enemy, it does pose serious challenges. The statement came as the alliance decided to incorporate Chinese threats into its future strategy plan for the first time.

Cyber threat: China threat to the world cyber security?

  • While Russia’s conflict with Ukraine has dominated discussions at the NATO summit, China has emerged as one of the most worrisome security threats to the western alliance.
  • China was left out of the alliance’s most recent strategic concept, which was agreed upon in 2010.
  • Although Russia continues to pose the biggest and most immediate threat to security, the new one claims that China’s policies pose a threat to Nato’s interests, security, and values.
  • The strategic concept notes a deepening partnership with Russia in their joint efforts to “subvert the rules-based international order, including in the space, cyber, and maritime domains.”
  • “The PRC’s [People’s Republic of China] malicious hybrid and cyber operations, as well as its confrontational rhetoric and disinformation, target allies and harm alliance security.”
  • Using economic pressure to “create strategic dependencies and boost its influence,” Nato warned that China’s government was “rapidly growing” its nuclear capacity without enhancing openness or acting in good faith toward weapons control.

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