2022 - GENERAL REPORT - STRENGTHENING THE PROTECTION OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AGAINST CYBER THREATS

Joëlle GARRIAUD-MAYLAM (France)

19 November 2022

Today, the critical infrastructures of NATO Member States and its partners face a rising and unprecedented wave of malicious cyber activities with destabilising and devastating consequences. Public and private entities indispensable to the functioning, well-being and cohesion of Allied societies such as energy providers, telecommunications operators, banks, hospitals, transportation companies and democratic institutions are all being targeted. 

The following report highlights that, in spite of an international consensus on the enforceability of international law in cyberspace, the establishment and implementation of standards of conduct in cyberspace remains inadequate. The report also highlights the difficulty in providing cyber protection for crucial allied services in the face of the many different nefarious actors, their objectives as well as the tools and techniques they use. Three case studies illustrate the impact of malicious cyber activities on allied and partner societies and analyse some of the policies and measures adopted to address such attacks. 

The scale and magnitude of cyber threats to critical infrastructures calls for Allies to intensify their national and collective responses. This general report aims to contribute to these efforts. It urges NATO and Member States to ensure that the protection of critical infrastructures against malicious cyber activities is at the very core of their approaches to security and resilience. Moreover, this report recommends practical actions to be taken at national, collective and international levels to strengthen the cyber resilience of key allied services. Finally, it urges the Alliance to translate commitments outlined in its new Strategic Concept into concrete measures as soon as possible.
 


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