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Strategic Cyber Early Warning: A Phased Adaptive Approach for NATO

Jason Healey, Leendert van Bochoven

November 2012

Atlantic Council


In “Strategic Cyber Early Warning: A Phased Adaptive Approach for NATO," a paper from the Smarter Alliance Initiative, Jason Healey, director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, and Leendert van Bochoven, NATO and European Defense leader at IBM, formulate steps for NATO to improve its cyber warning system.

Both agree that NATO could have a credible cyber Distant Early Warning Line in the near future if its leadership were to approach the problem incrementally rather than waiting for the perfect solution. The Alliance is on the right track with its recent investments in monitoring, but this should be seen as the first step in a Phased Adaptive Approach for cyber defense.