Denazifying Ukraine and keeping it out of NATO and the EU is Putin’s war goal. In both cases there are now own goals to report. The EU is open to accepting Ukraine, even if the process will probably take years. And even NATO is moving, admitting Ukraine to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) cybersecurity body with a unanimous vote in the CCDCOE Steering Committee as a contributing participant.
“Ukraine’s presence at the center will improve the sharing of cyber expertise between Ukraine and CCDCOE member states. Ukraine could bring valuable first-hand knowledge of various cyber adversaries that can be used for research, exercises and training,” said Colonel Jaak Tarien, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence.
“Skills and knowledge come from experience and Ukraine definitely has valuable experience from previous cyber attacks that is of great value to the NATO CCDCOE. Estonia, as a CCDCOE host country, is a long-standing partner of Ukraine in enhancing its cybersecurity capabilities and cyber resilience, and we welcome the decision of CCDCOE members to accept Ukraine’s membership,” commented Estonian Defense Minister Kalle Laanet.
After Ukraine sent a letter confirming its continued interest in joining NATO’s CCDCOE as a contributing participant, its membership of the CCDCOE Steering Committee was put to a vote. The Center has already expanded its memberships outside of NATO countries.
The CCDCOE is a NATO-accredited cyber literacy center, research facility, and training and exercise facility. The Tallinn-based international military organization focuses on interdisciplinary applied research, cybersecurity consultancy, training and exercises.