Australia joins NATO cyber defence group, opens “pop-up” embassy in Estonia

Australia has joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE).

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced Australia’s CCDCOE membership alongside a new “pop-up” in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn on Monday. The embassy will be open for one year to facilitate Australia’s participation in CCDCOE, which is also based in Tallinn. 

In recognition of Estonia’s best known startup, Bishop joined the opening via Skype video.   

NATO CCDCOE developed the Tallinn Manual 2.0 guide, a body of research that looks at how international law applies to the cyber domain, covering issues such as legal jurisdiction, the law of armed conflict, air, space and sea laws, and diplomatic relations.  

As part of its membership Australia will be sending one member of the Australian Defence Force for a three-month period each year. Australia will also “observe” this year’s CCDCOE-run annual cyber defence exercise, Locked Shields, according to Bishop.