South Korean Intelligence Joins NATO Defense Initiative

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) of South Korea joined the Cyber Defense Group of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as the first Asian member on Thursday. 

According to NIS, NATO’s Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) based in Tallinn, Estonia has formally accepted NIS into the NATO Cooperative. 

NIS will represent South Korea in the center’s training and research activities.

“We plan to strengthen our cyber response capabilities to a world-class level by increasing the number of our staff sent to the center and expanding the scope of joint training,” the NIS said.

Meanwhile, CCDCOE raised the flags of the Republic of Korea, Canada, and Luxembourg to welcome them as the most recent members of CCDCOE’s multinational family.

“It is a great honor to have Canada, the Republic of Korea, and Luxembourg in our growing and diverse family of like-minded nations… In the long run, the conditions for peace in the cyber realm and a response to the security threats to the modern world cannot be created without united and committed support,” CCDCOE Director Col. Jaak Tarien said.


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