Intra-NATO collaboration is vital in an era of cyber warfare: former NSA director Keith Alexander

Writing in the FT: “The west’s approach to cyber-security is not working”: individual companies cannot combat attacks by actors with state-level capabilities.”

“There are two types of companies: those that have been hacked and know it, and those that have been hacked and don’t know it. If everyone is getting hacked, then our strategy isn’t working. ….The fact is that we are at — or very near — war in cyber space today. While most attacks in Europe and the US are fairly low-level, with relatively few rising to dangerous proportions, we are in a sustained state of conflict.”

“it is critical that we reinforce the transatlantic alliance, which has the seeds of a solution built into its core. Just as Nato has successfully employed collective defence for more than five decades, so too can individual companies and sectors work with one another and with governments to better defend themselves in cyber space. The US and Europe have long worked together to confront threats.”

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