Three countries to join NATO cyber defense center

PHOTO: Urmas Nemvalts

Finland, Greece and Turkey will at the beginning of the next week officially join the NATO Collective Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCD COE) based in Tallinn.

The flags of the three countries will be raised at the Staff and Signal Battalion in Tallinn on Nov. 3 to mark their accession to CCD COE. Greece and Turkey as NATO allies are sponsoring nations and non-NATO member Finland, a partner nation.

NATO CCD COE is a NATO-accredited research and training facility located in the Estonian capital Tallinn that deals with education, consultation, lessons learned, research and development in the field of cyber security.

Membership at the center is open to all NATO nations. The current sponsoring nations are the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. Austria has joined the center as a contributing participant, the status for non-NATO members.