Cyber Defence in Europe - Towards increased public-private partnerships

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Cyber Defence in Europe - Towards increased public-private partnerships


The increase in the frequency, magnitude and sophistication of cyber-attacks is endangering Transatlantic security and stability – and has prompted NATO allies to try and draw up robust and resilient cyber defence strategies. To be effective, cyber defence requires enhanced cooperation and partnership between the public and private sectors, a fact that was recognized by the NATO Industry Cyber Partnership (NICP), adopted by NATO leaders at the summit in Wales Summit last year.

Twelve months on, what progress has been made on turning this commitment to public-private cooperation in cyber defence into reality? How can information-sharing between public and private sector partners be improved? Should NATO and the EU work towards a common framework for cooperation with the private sector in cyberdefence? Can the EU’s strategy for a Digital Single Market also benefit NATO’s cyber defence capabilities?

CYBER DEFENCE IN EUROPE – Towards increased public-private partnerships



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Giles Merritt
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Giles Merritt is the Founder of Friends of Europe, and was its Secretary General between 1999 and 2015, and its Chairman between 2016 and 2020.

A former Financial Times Brussels Correspondent, Giles Merritt is a journalist, author and broadcaster who has for over four decades specialised in European public policy questions. In 2010 he was named by the Financial Times as one of its 30 most influential “Eurostars”, together with the European Commission’s President and NATO’s Secretary General.

Giles Merritt joined the Financial Times in 1968, and from 1972 until 1983 he was successively FT correspondent in Paris, Dublin/Belfast, and Brussels. From 1984 to 2010 he was a columnist for the International Herald Tribune (IHT), where his Op-Ed page articles ranged widely across EU political and economic issues.

In 1982 he published “World Out of Work”, an award-winning study of unemployment in industrialised countries. In 1991, his second book “The Challenge of Freedom” about the difficulties facing post-communist Eastern Europe was published in four languages. His book “Slippery Slope: Europe’s Troubled Future” (Oxford University Press 2016), was shortlisted for the European Book Prize.


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