Estonia sets up NATO cyber-defence hub
15th May 2008 | 13:54
High-tech country needs high-tech defence
Estonia have responded to cyber-attacks attacks last year by building a NATO sanctioned cyber-defence hub.
Seven NATO nations – Germany, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy and Spain will staff and fund the hub in Tallin, following an attack on the country’s hit-tech infrastructure that Estonia’s government attributed to Russia.
The country has fully embraced the internet age, and was hit hard by the attacks – which affected government offices and banks, amongst other major businesses.
“We have seen in Estonia that a cyber-attack can swiftly become an issue of national security,” said Nato spokesman James Appathurai.
“Cyber attacks can cripple societies.”
30 staff will man the hub, with a US observer also keeping an eye on the project, which is expected to act as a pilot scheme for the co-operating governments.