Ireland to join Nato cyberintelligence sharing agency


Experts believe Ireland is particularly vulnerable to international cyber attacks due to the concentration of international technology firms here and the ‘thinly resourced’ cybersecurity infrastructure. Photograph: iStock

Ireland has applied to join a cyberintelligence sharing organisation run by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) in the face of increasing online attacks on Irish businesses and key infrastructure.

The Nato Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) is a military organisation based in TallinnEstonia, designed to increase co-operation and intelligence-sharing among Nato members and allies.

The centre was set up in the face of increasing cyber threats from RussiaChina and individual hackers. Ireland is the fourth non-Nato country to apply to join the CCDCOE since it was established in 2008.

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