Lynn Briefs North Atlantic Council on Cybersecurity

BRUSSELS, Bel­gium, Sept. 14, 2010 — Deputy Defense Sec­re­tary William J. Lynn III stirred a lot of inter­est and ques­tions on cyber­se­cu­ri­ty dur­ing a brief­ing to the North Atlantic Coun­cil at NATO head­quar­ters here today.

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III speaks about cybersecurity at a meeting of NATO's North Atlantic Council in Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 14, 2010
Deputy Defense Sec­re­tary William J. Lynn III speaks about cyber­se­cu­ri­ty at a meet­ing of NATO’s North Atlantic Coun­cil in Brus­sels, Bel­gium, Sept. 14, 2010.
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Lynn arrived here this morn­ing and imme­di­ate­ly start­ed a series of meet­ings at NATO and at Supreme Head­quar­ters Allied Pow­ers Europe in near­by Mons. Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty clear­ly was the focus of the day.

Lynn briefed the coun­cil on the threats posed by nation states and hack­ers. He spoke about the need for doc­tri­nal and oper­a­tional efforts to con­front the threats, senior defense offi­cials trav­el­ing with him said. The delib­er­a­tions of the North Atlantic Coun­cil are secret, but offi­cials did say the deputy’s pre­sen­ta­tion caused a live­ly ques­tion-and-answer ses­sion with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the oth­er 27 NATO nations.

Lynn flew all night from Wash­ing­ton and then met with U.S. Ambas­sador to NATO Ivo Daalder and Navy Vice Adm. Richard Gal­lagher, the U.S. mil­i­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tive here. He moved from the U.S. del­e­ga­tion to the office of the alliance’s sec­re­tary gen­er­al, where he and his staff met with Anders Fogh Ras­mussen.

Lynn moved down the hall for his pre­sen­ta­tion to the coun­cil. The coun­cil is com­posed of all of the per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the NATO coun­tries. Again, offi­cials said the deputy secretary’s pre­sen­ta­tion was well-received.

The sec­re­tary left the head­quar­ters and moved on to Mons, where he met with the Supreme Allied Com­man­der Navy Adm. James Stavridis and his senior staff. The deputy then toured the NATO Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter at SHAPE and was briefed on its capa­bil­i­ties, as well as the bureau­crat­ic and eco­nom­ic road­blocks that stand in the way of a bet­ter cyberde­fense for the alliance’s com­put­ers.

Lynn then moved across the base, where NATO spe­cial oper­a­tors briefed him on their capa­bil­i­ties.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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