Belgium, Sweden join NATO cyber defense hub; Bulgaria, Portugal on deck

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Photo Credit: Estonian Defence Forces

Belgium and Sweden have become the latest nations to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre, a multinational and interdisciplinary hub of cyber defense technology, strategy, operations and law based in Estonia.

The NATO CCD COE celebrated Belgium and Sweden’s ascension to full membership by raising the countries’ flags at the organization’s Tallinn facility in front of a delegation of cyber commands from 16 nations.

In addition, Bulgaria and Portugal have initiated the process of joining.

“International cooperation of like-minded nations in cyber defense is becoming inevitable,” said Sven Sakkov, director of the NATO CCD COE, in a news release. “We are witnessing a growing interest towards our applied research, trainings and exercises, but the preparedness of nations to contribute themselves reflects more than just recognition to the work that has been done. It proves that we offer needed support for member nations and the international community in building their cyber defense.”