On 18-19 June, the five founding nations of the Multinational Cyber Defence Capability Development (MN CD2) Project: Canada (Lead Nation), Denmark, Norway, Romania, and The Netherlands, as well as Finland as an observer, met for the fifth official MN CD2 Board meeting in Bucharest, Romania.
The NCI Agency Project Office gave the Nations a detailed update on the progress of the current work packages and proposed a way ahead and possible future work packages.
Work Package 1 (WP1) - Provide participating Nations with a capability to exchange cyber incident informationWith the completion of stage 1 of work package 1, the legal options of releasing the Software “Cyber Information and Incident Coordination System (CIICS)” to the other interested Nations were discussed. Following an agreement in principle on a suitable approach, the Nations decided to seek the required authorization to allow the CIICS software product and documentation to be distributed to all NATO Member States and to the 7 Partner Nations. The confirmation is to be obtained in time for NATO’s Cyber Coalition 2014 exercise in November, where a first release of the software will be trialled.
Work Package 2 (WP2) - Cyber Defence Situational Awareness (CD SA)Progress update of WP2 was provided to the Nations who agreed on the way ahead and timelines. The CD SA will allow participating Nations to improve their national situational awareness for cyber defence through the development of specific information repository and the visualization of the cyber defence situation.
Work Package 3 - The Distributed Multi-Sensor Collection and Correlation Infrastructure (DMCCI)The Final Report for WP3 has been completed. The DMCCI capability ensures the efficient collection, aggregation, manipulation and correlation of large volumes of data harvested from a variety of sources over a long period of time within one or several Communications and Information System (CIS). The sponsoring Nations have agreed to release this document to NATO Nations and the 7 Partner Nations.The next MN CD2 Board will be hosted by Denmark and will take place on 26-27 November in Copenhagen.
NATO Nations interested in joining the MN CD2 Smart Defence project are invited to contact Mrs A. Szydelko, Principal Customer Relationship Manager, Multinational Projects at NCI Agency Demand Management Directorate, tel. +32 2 707 8241, firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.