Basic diplomatic principles should support cybersecurity, says Romanian official

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates escorts Romanian Minister of Defense Teodor Melescanu through an honor cordon into the Pentagon Sept. 24, 2008. (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess/Released)

Diplomacy should support the efforts of intelligence agencies and law enforcement to secure the cyber domain, said Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Meleșcanu during a recent visit at the Tallinn, Estonia-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence.

“Our responses should be more sophisticated and interdisciplinary, taking good care of the basic principles, such as the respect of the international law and human rights, within cyberspace,” said Meleșcanu. “The academic and doctrinal value of the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the international law applicable to cyber operations helps in codifying the international law to cyberspace.”

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Welcoming Romania “as a valued advocate of cyber defense expertise in the Black Sea region,” NATO CCD COE Head of International Relations Siim Alatalu briefed Meleșcanu on Centre research, consultation and training activities, including the upcoming cyber defense exercise Locked Shield and the 9th CyCon conference.