The ninth Multinational Cyber Defence Capability Development (MN CD2) Board meeting was held in the NCI Agency, The Hague, Netherlands, on 25-26 November 2015. It was attended by representatives from the Netherlands (Chairman), Canada, Norway and Romania, as well as a representative from Finland, who will join MN CD2 soon. There was also an observer from Germany. ninth Multinational Cyber Defence Capability Development (MN CD2) Board meeting was held in the NCI Agency, The Hague, Netherlands, on 25-26 November 2015. It was attended by representatives from the Netherlands (Chairman), Canada, Norway and Romania, as well as a representative from Finland, who will join MN CD2 soon. There was also an observer from Germany.
With the completion of Work Package (WP) 1 to “Provide participating Nations with a capability to exchange cyber incident information” the Cyber Information and Incident Coordination System (CIICS) is ready for deployment. Governance, operations, and maintenance of CIICS is covered under WP 5 which will also establish the NATO CIICS Federation, is the goal of this WP. CIICS is already deployed to over 50 sites in ROM who are using it as their national incident management system – with similar plans in NLD. The Nations are looking into developing common training packages for national users.
The results of WP 2 “Cyber Defence Situational Awareness (CDSA)” were provided to the Nations. The NCI Agency has identified solution candidates that will allow participating Nations to improve their national situational awareness for cyber defence through the development of an information repository and appropriate visualizations of the cyber defence situation.
Furthermore, the NCI Agency gave an update on WP6 “Cyber Security Assessment Team (CSAT)”. The objectives of this WP are to fully explore the feasibility and costs associated with developing a “CSAT Continual Operational Readiness Environment” (CSAT CORE) – a central, multinational capability – and the creation of full documentation for how nations would then run their own CSAT assessment using this capability.
WP 7 – “Distributed Multi-sensor Collection and Correlation Infrastructure (DMCCI) Workshop” – will take place at the NCI Agency in The Hague in February. This workshop will provide the necessary information for decision on the future development in DMCCI.
The next MN CD2 Board will be hosted by Finland on 13-15 April, 2016.
NATO Nations interested in joining the MN CD2 Smart Defence project are invited to contact Mr X. Desfougeres, Principal Customer Relationship Manager, Multinational Projects at NCI Agency Demand Management Directorate, tel. +32 2 707 8296, Xavier.Desfougeres@ncia.nato.int for further details.The MN CD2 project is a cooperation between nations in order to effectively and efficiently develop and acquire capabilities for national use through cooperation. By utilizing joint funding for research and development, as well as the option for joint procurement, there is a potential for putting capabilities in place with lower cost and higher quality. Currently, MN CD2 is open to all NATO Nations. Participation of partner nations is being addressed.