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Eu, ­S and Nato to Work Together on Cyber Defense

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The European Union (EU), the United States, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have approved a range of new plans to meet cyberdefense challenges. The European Commission recently announced proposals to develop systems to make citizens and businesses more secure in cyberspace. Cooperation between member states, EU institutions, and international partners will be coordinated by an EU cybercrime center to be set up within three years.

In addition, the EC wants to establish a network of Computer Emergency Response Teams by 2012, positioning a team in each member state. Meanwhile, NATO has adopted its Strategic Concept Charter, which includes an agenda to devise new proficiencies to counter cyberattacks on military networks, without going so far as to launch preemptive cyberstrikes, which is preferred by the Pentagon.

EU and U.S. leaders also have announced the establishment of a working group on cybersecurity that will concentrate on potential cyberthreats to regular consumers. EU leaders also say that a swift compromise on an overarching EU/U.S. data protection pact could resolve other data transfer agreements.

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