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11 April 2018

Portugal to Join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) is proud to welcome Portugal as a new member. Accession of Portugal will be finalised and celebrated with a flag-raising ceremony at the NATO-affiliated Centre in the end of April.

“We are glad to welcome Portugal, another strong NATO Ally joining the Centre. CCDCOE offers a unique opportunity for all NATO Allies to practice together new interdisciplinary approaches in cyber defence," said Merle Maigre, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. 

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) is a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub focusing on research, training and exercises. The international military organisation based in Estonia is a community of currently 20 nations providing a 360-degree look at cyber defence, with expertise in the areas of technology, strategy, operations and law.

NATO CCD COE is home of the Tallinn Manual 2.0, the most comprehensive guide on how International Law applies to cyber operations. The Centre also organises the world’s largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defence exercise Locked Shields. Another highlight of the Centre is the International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon, a unique event joining key experts and decision-makers of the global cyber defence community in Tallinn every spring. The tenth anniversary event CyCon X: Maximising Effects will take place from 30 May to 1 June 2018. In partnership with Munich Security Conference, CCDCOE will host the Cyber Security Summit in Tallinn on 29 May, 2018 on the eve of CyCon.

The Centre is staffed and financed by its member nations - currently Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Recently Norway and Japan announced that they are also on the path to join the Centre.