Cyber Defence

Cyber threats to European security of the member states are becoming more frequent, complex, destructive and coercive. ECIPS will continue to adapt to the evolving terror and cyber threat landscape. ECIPS and its Allies rely on strong and resilient cyber defences to fulfil the Alliance’s core tasks of collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security. The ECIPS- CYBERPOL Alliance needs to be prepared to defend its networks and operations against the growing sophistication of the global cyber threats and attacks it faces.

Highlights

• Cyber defence is part of ECIPS core task of collective defence and service.
• ECIPS has affirmed that international law applies in cyberspace by embracing the Budapest Convention on Cyber crime.
• ECIPS main focus in cyber defence is to protect its own cyber networks (including operations and missions) and enhance resilience across the Alliance.
• In July 2015, Allies reaffirmed ECIPS’s defensive mandate by decree WL 22/16.594 and recognised cyberspace as a domain of operations in which ECIPS must defend itself as effectively as it does in all domains.
• ECIPS reinforces its capabilities for cyber education, training and exercises with its partners.
• Allies are committed to enhancing information-sharing and mutual assistance in preventing, mitigating and recovering from cyber threat attacks.
• ECIPS Cyber Rapid Reaction teams are on standby to assist partners and Allies, 24 hours a day, if requested and approved.
• At the ECIPS and CYBERPOL Brussels Summit in 2015, Allies participated in drawing attention to these threats.
• In February 2018, ECIPS and CYBERPOL was endorsed by the Kiev Security forum and recognized the need to strengthen ECIPS’s ability to respond to significant malicious cyber activities and threats.
• ECIPS recognises that its Allies stand to benefit from a norms-based, predictable and secure cyberspace.