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Italy hosts NATO Cyber Defense Pledge Conference

Jens Stoltenberg speaks at the Nordic Council Session 2010. (Magnus Fröderberg/Nordic Co-operation/Released)
November 14, 2022

NATO’s 2022 Cyber Defence Pledge Conference is taking place at the foreign ministry in Rome on Wednesday and Thursday, hosted by Italy, and the United States, with the support of North Atlantic Alliance staff.

“Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war on Ukraine has emphasized once again the overwhelming impact of the cyber dimension on our security and the imperative of cyber preparedness,” the foreign ministry said in a statement announcing the Rome conference.

The event centres on the key topics of resilience, preparedness and responsiveness to cyber threats to critical infrastructure with a view to bolstering Allies’ cyber resilience, both at the national and NATO level, said the statement.

On Thursday keynote addresses by NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg, Italy’s deputy foreign minister, Edmondo Cirielli, and US deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, Anne Neuberger, will be live-streamed on YouTube.

The closed event consists of two segments. In the first part on Thursday, Allies, at the Permanent Representative level, will discuss the key pillars of NATO’s effort to counter cyber threats: threat analysis, resilience, and response, according to the statement.

“In the second segment, national cyber leaders and experts will convene panels with a focus on protecting the energy sector from cyber threats and ensuring the NATO Cyber Defence Pledge keeps pace with the evolving cyber threat landscape,” said the statement.

NATO’s 2016 Cyber Defence Pledge outlined how member militaries would prepare for future threats.


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