Is NATO ready for a cyberwar?
Hudgens, Bryan J.
Denning, Dorothy E.
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This thesis analyzes the sufficiency and effectiveness of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) cyber policies against cyber threats, considering the recent cyber cases and incidents that could be related to NATO's cyber defense. The authors use analytical and descriptive approaches to answer the research questions by examining the categories of cyber threats facing NATO and the policies implemented to fight against cyber operations and attacks. Finally, the authors make policy recommendations in order to respond to cyber threats more effectively in regard to eight specific areas: cooperation with the European Union; relations with business enterprises; information sharing among members; education, training, and exercises; capabilities of NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA); critical infrastructure protection; cyber law and legislature; and collective cyber defense. The cyber domain is a challenging arena in which to carry out operations and develop policies. NATO can be considered successful in cyberspace; however, the alliance should be aware that there is no limit to the development of capabilities, especially in cyber defense issues.
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