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29 September 2017

Norway Decided to Join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

Norway Decided to Join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

The Kingdom of Norway announced today their plan to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia. The joining of Norway would enable the NATO-accredited knowledge hub to carry out cyber defence research, trainings and exercises in cooperation with 21 member nations.  

“Potential enlargment of our multinational team proves that our Centre continues to be attractive for Allies. We all win from being open to collaboration among like-minded nations in the cyber domain. We welcome the decision of Norway, one of the founding allies of NATO, as this further strengthens our Centre's cyber defence expertise," said Merle Maigre, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.  

Norway seeks to join the Centre as a sponsoring nation, membership status available to all NATO allies.

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a Tallinn-based knowledge hub, research institution, and training and exercise centre. The international military organisation 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 technical 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. 

The Centre is staffed and financed by its sponsoring nations and contributing participants. 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 NATO CCD COE. Austria, Finland and Sweden have become Contributing Participants, a status eligible for non-NATO nations.