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Cyber Defence

This LibGuide is intended to provide a few starting points to assist you with your research on issues related to cyber defence, in particular within the NATO context

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NATO Secretary General, Press Conference at Defence Ministers Meeting - 8 November 2017, 1/2

Published on Nov 8, 2017

Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of Defence Ministers, 8 November 2017. (NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg mentions the possibility to integrate cyber weaponry in NATO operations).

NATO funds cyber defence programme for Ukraine (2017)

Published on 5 Jan 2017

In December 2014 NATO started a Trust Fund to support cyber defence in Ukraine. Eight nations now contribute to the fund. The money is helping to pay for a monitoring centre for cyber security incidents and laboratories to investigate cyber incidents. At the NATO Summit in Warsaw this summer, cyberspace was officially recognised as a new domain of warfare for NATO, along with air, sea and land. 

What happens when a power plant comes under cyber attack? (2016)

Published on 23 Dec 2016

On December 23rd 2015, Prykarpattyaoblenergo Power Plant in the Ukrainian town of Ivano-Frankivsk came under cyber attack that experts believe was well funded and had been planned for several weeks before. 

The hackers took control of a number of regional substations and left more than 200,000 people in western Ukraine without power for several hours.

This is a reconstruction of what happened on the day.

NATO Allies pledge to increase investment in cyber defence (2016)

Published on 9 Jul 2016

At the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Allies have pledged to increase their national investments in cyber defence. NATO's Jamie Shea discusses the increased threat of disruptive cyber attacks and how NATO plans to counter it. Jamie is the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO Headquarters. 

Ukraine: The Unseen Attacks – Cyber Attack (2015)

Published on 17 Jul 2015

Four fatal flaws? Ukraine's key challenges today are more than the war fought in its east. 

How do you fight against an attack that can’t be traced definitively to a person or even a nation? NATO experts, Ukrainian politicians and journalists talk about how to defend Ukraine from hackers, who target key infrastructure like nuclear and chemical plants and have even tried to derail the Presidential elections.

This video is part of the documentary "Ukraine: The Unseen Attacks"

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Cyber conflict - the enemy online (2015)

International Cyber Defence Exercise (2015)

NATO helps Jordan fend off ISIL cyber threat (2014)

NATO: Ready, Robust, Rebalanced - NATO Secretary General at the Carnegie Europe, 19 Sep 2013

Hackers for hire (NATO Review) (2013)

Cyberwar - does it exist? (NATO Review) (2013)

Cyber attacks, NATO - and Angry Birds (NATO Review) (2013)

Cyber attacks: how can they hurt us? (NATO Review) (2013)

Collaborating against cyber threats (2013)

Book presentation: "Cyber War Will Not Take Place" by Dr Thomas Rid (7 May 2013)

NATO - Exercising together against cyber attacks (2011)

Charlie Miller, former hacker now working on cybersecurity (2011)

NATO Chronicles - Cyberdefence: Fighting the invisible enemy (2011)

NATO Chronicles - Cyberdefence: Fighting the invisible enemy (TRAILER) (2011)

NATO Rendez-Vous 3 - Hackivists or jihadists : the shape of threats to come?

Cyber Conflicts -- Exploring the concept (2011)

Le cyberconflit, en phase d'exploration (2011)

Construire une cyberdéfense (8 December 2010)

China and the West : Keyboard Conflicts ? (NATO Review, 2010)

Both the West and China have highlighted the importance of the Web - in different ways. Here we look at how it is becoming centre stage in cyber attacks between the two and the efforts both sides are making to beef up their defences.

Jamie Shea Lecture (

Jamie Shea    

     "New Security Challenges" Lecture 6 (2 February 2010)

     Cyber attacks: hype or an increasing headache for open   



In the past, identify theft or financial crime caused by hacking into computer systems and the manipulation of supposedly confidential data seemed mostly confined to criminal gangs and to be mostly an issue of industrial and commercial security. The other popular image was that of the teenager at home, attempting to hack into the Pentagon's air defence system just to have some fun.

But there is increasing evidence that cyber attacks are also being carried out by states to test vulnerabilities in the systems of other countries or to steal secrets. Indeed the examples of Estonia and Georgia in recent times show how effective orchestrated cyber attacks can be in paralysing - if only for a short period - the vital administrative systems of government and society.

So how serious is the threat of cyber attack today? What can we do to prevent it and who is winning in the constant battle between the attackers and the defenders? What kind of international legal frameworks and partnerships between the public and private sectors do we need to deter cyber attacks.

NATO Cybersecurity in Tallinn, Estonia (NATO Six Colours video report)

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