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Jan 18 2021

NATO assists Mongolia in bolstering its cyber security posture


NATO completed on 20 November 2020 a multi-year programme to strengthen the cyber security posture of Mongolia, a NATO Partner Nation.


Under the Science for Peace and Security Programme, NATO Nations provided funding to stand up Mongolia's Cyber Incident Response Capability (CIRC). Experts from the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency managed the project, lending their extensive experience securing NATO networks to the effort.

NATO assists Mongolia in bolstering its cyber security posture

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană said: "The successful completion of this project means that Mongolia is now better equipped to prevent, mitigate, and respond to cyber challenges that seek to threaten its institutions."

Agency experts reviewed the design of the CIRC and managed the project, which included facilitating the Mongolian government's procurement of hardware and software from a leading national IT provider. The IT provider installed and configured the new equipment.

NCI Agency Chief of Staff Major General Göksel Sevindik said: "This new capability will be both a national hub for responding to cyber attacks, and a focal point for collaboration with other nations on cyber security. It is good to be Partners, because we are all members of a global community online. Finding ways to collaborate to boost our defences is critical."

The Science for Peace and Security Programme promotes dialogue and practical cooperation between NATO Nations and Partner Nations based on scientific research, technological innovation and knowledge exchange. The Programme offers funding, expert advice and support to tailor-made, security-relevant activities that respond to NATO's strategic objectives.

Minister of Defence of Mongolia Saikhanbayar Gursed said: "The successful end of this project is the prosperous initial step in building capable cyber security troops who will have full capacity to defend its cyber space and it also allows us to grow with the armed forces of other nations in the cyber field."