On 13-14 November, the five founding nations of the Smart Defence Multinational Cyber Defence Capability Development (MN CD2) Project: Lead Nation Canada, Denmark, Norway, Romania and Netherlands met for the third official MN CD2 Board meeting at the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency in The Hague, Netherlands.
The MN CD2 Board, chaired by MAJ Mark Young, the Lead Nation Canada Representative to the project, has unanimously agreed the participation of Finland in the MN CD2 Project. The NCI Agency will provide support to Finland in the joining process as additional work needs be accomplished to ensure the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The NCI Agency briefed on the initial results of the implementation of the information campaign aiming at enlarging the participation in MN CD2. The campaign, launched in September this year, already provided increased interest in the project from eight further nations. While the campaign efforts will continue until mid-2014, the next step is to launch the MN CD2 internet site (http://mncd2.ncia.nato.int).
The participating nations signed the Task Order for the Project Office Support for 2014 as well as validated the status of execution of the current MN CD2 Programme of Work (PoW) Work Packages (WPs): WP1 Technical Information Sharing, WP2 Cyber Defence Situational Awareness Capability and WP3 Distributed Multi-Sensor Collection and Correlation Infrastructure.
With an aim to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the MN CD2 Board's work, the Terms of Reference of the Board were revised with respect to accountability and decision making.
The next MN CD2 Board will take place on 11-12 March 2014. The NATO Nations interested in joining the MN CD2 Smart Defence project are invited to contact Mrs A. Szydelko, Principal Account Manager Multinational & Organizations at NCI Agency Demand Management Directorate, tel. +32 2 707 8241, [email protected] for further details.