NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (the Centre), established in May 2008, is a NATO-accredited International Military Organisation dealing with education, consultation, lessons learned, research and development in the field of cyber security. It is located in Tallinn, Estonia on the premises of the Estonian Defence Forces Staff and Signals Battalion.
The Centre is not part of NATO command or force structure nor is it funded from the NATO budget. The organisation is directed and tasked by the multinational Steering Committee consisting of the representatives of the Sponsoring Nations. NATO does however task the Centre via Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and all products of the Centre are available to NATO nations unless restricted by the organisation requesting that product.
Becoming a Sponsoring or Contributing Nation gives a nation the possibility to contribute and shape the understanding of cyber security in NATO and among NATO nations. Representatives of the Sponsoring Nations also receive premium access to the Centre’s products, trainings and events.
Membership at the Centre is open to all NATO nations but cooperation projects are also conducted jointly with NATO partner countries, academia and the private sector. The Centre’s current Sponsoring Nations are Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and the USA. Organisation’s budget and personnel is composed of contributions from these nations.