Moldova and NATO launched project to improve cyber defense capabilities

The Moldovan Armed Forces are looking to develop and improve their cyber defense capabilities, so as to be able to face sophisticated and emerging cyber threats that may affect the military information networks management and security. On 13 February 2018, NATO and the Republic of Moldova launched a multi-year project to support these efforts under the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program.

“We hope that as a result of the project, the Ministry of Defense shall be in a better position to address a wide range of cyber defense challenges,” said Dr Jamie Shea, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for the Emerging Security Challenges Division.

“We also hope that this project will contribute to training and research activities in the field of cyber defense for armed forces personnel and defense and security relevant institutions in Moldova and maybe even extend it to other public institutions.”

One of the main deliveries of the project is to establish the Moldovan Armed Forces Cyber Incident Response Capability with a supporting cyber defense infrastructure.

“Today, we made another step in increasing the practical cooperation between NATO and the Republic of Moldova with the launching of this project. The establishment of a Cyber Incident Response Capability will increase the Ministry of Defense cyber capabilities and will also benefit NATO Allies and partner countries,” said Radu Burduja, General State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence.

This project brings together Moldovan military cyber defense experts and cyber experts from the NATO Communications and Information Agency located in Brussels, Belgium.

This is the third SPS project to be launched under the Defence and Related Security Capacity Building Initiative package for Moldova – two are in the field of cyber defense, including this new project.

An earlier project, completed in 2016, inaugurated a cyber defense laboratory at the Technical University of Moldova, which serves as a research and training center for Moldovan civil servants as well as for young scientists and students of the university.

The third project supports the country in the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security through the development of a National Action Plan.

Source: nato.int

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