Danish Minister of Defence Visits Centre

Peter Christensen, the Danish Minister of Defence, was briefed at the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence today. The topics included cyberspace as a domain of warfare, training exercises as well as international law applicable to cyber warfare.

“NATO is about to declare cyberspace a domain of warfare next to sea, land, and air at the Warsaw Summit. This means that nations will have to think further about how their cyber capabilities can contribute to collective defence, the fundamental basis for the Alliance,” said Sven Sakkov, Director the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, a think tank and training facility.

“I wholeheartedly invite the Kingdom of Denmark to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and therefore work with our diverse group of international experts on research and trainings. In particular, this would give Denmark full access to the world’s largest international technical cyber defence exercise Locked Shields,” Sakkov added.

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE) is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub, think-tank and training facility. The international military organisation focuses on interdisciplinary applied research and development, as well as consultations, trainings and exercises in the field of cyber security.

The heart of the Centre is a diverse group of international experts, including legal scholars, policy and strategy experts as well as technology researchers with military, government and industry backgrounds.

Membership of the Centre is open to all Allies. Currently, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States have signed on as Sponsoring Nations of the Centre. Austria and Finland have become Contributing Participants – the status available for non-NATO nations.