by Mr. Massimo CAPPELLI, Operations Planning Manager Global Cyber Security Center
During the ATA Conference “NATO-EU Cooperation after the Warsaw Summit: Countering Hybrid Warfare

The political concept of territory has been broken by the technological evolution. The statement “We are anonymous” represents people of several countries, several cultures, several ages, joining common ideas of hacktivism and supporting campaigns. The distances are irrelevant. Be an “Isle” in cyber security is not a wise approach and cooperation is essential.

NATO Member States have recognized the importance of resilience and the cyberspace as a domain of operations in Warsaw Meeting.

The cyberspace is the domain in which the private operators have a relevant defense role and a potential attack one, as seen in the last attack by IoT in US in October. They are the backbone of societal resilience.

Internet has no owners but it is also truth that a lot of companies struggle everyday in order to prevail on the others for what is concerning the “Hegemony on Internet”. IT devices and applications could be transformed in attack tools and Countries could oblige private industries to support the conflict through National mobilization laws.

Together NATO and EU include 34 countries. Most of them are in both the organizations. In terms of R&D, know-how and capability there is a huge capital to exploit, but should be addressed. The expression of cooperation between NATO and EU is not sufficient. Both the Organizations should establish together a concrete operational plan, address investment on an integrated way and be more effective. The trust will be the main pillar of this collaboration.