Luxembourg´s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel visited today the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. He was briefed on the recent developments in cyber defence, including the upcoming highlights of the Centre, such as the most comprehensive legal handbook Tallinn Manual 2.0, the upcoming Locked Shields exercise and CyCon conference.
“Luxembourg, as many other nations, is building up cyber capabilities. We are looking forward to furthering our cooperation with Estonia in this field and to be part of this very relevant endeavour. I am very pleased that Luxembourg will participate in the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in the future,” said Prime Minister Bettel.
“A rising number of nations are developing national cyber security policies considering the exponential growth of cyber threats. Luxembourg is among the 80 countries with a current national cyber security strategy demonstrating their commitment to advancing cyber defence,” said Lieutenant Colonel Franz Lantenhammer, Chief of Staff of the knowledge hub, exercise and training facility in Tallinn. “We would welcome further cooperation with Luxembourg as this would give them closer access to the research and trainings of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.”
The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE) is a community of nations providing a 360-degree look at cyber defence, with expertise in the areas of technology, strategy, operations and law. The Tallinn-based international military organisation focuses on interdisciplinary applied research, consultations, training and exercises in the field of cyber security. The heart of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a diverse group of international experts from military, government and industry backgrounds.
The Centre is staffed and financed by its sponsoring nations and contributing participants. As of October 2016, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States are signed on as Sponsoring Nations of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Austria and Finland have become Contributing Participants with Swedish accession being finalized in the same format.