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Norway Joins Global Cyber-Defense Hub

Furthering the trend of global knowledge-sharing, Norway said this week that it plans to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

The Nordic country will bring the total number of nations cooperatively working within the NATO-accredited knowledge hub to 21.

Located in Tallinn, Estonia, the NATO CCD COE is a research institution, and training and exercise center. Considered an international military organization, its community of nations provides a 360-degree look at cyber-defense, with expertise in the areas of technology, strategy, operations and law.

“Potential enlargement of our multinational team proves that our Centre continues to be attractive for Allies," said Merle Maigre, director of the NATO CCD COE. “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-defense expertise.”

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

NATO CCD COE is home of the Tallinn Manual 2.0, the most comprehensive guide on how international law applies to cyberoperations. The Centre also organizes the world’s largest and most complex international technical live-fire cyber-defense exercise, Locked Shields, and hosts the International Conference on Cyber Conflict, aka CyCon.

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.

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