NATO members have agreed to strengthen the alliance’s cyber defence capabilities to protect all the networks owned and operated by the organisation.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said they will continue their discussion at the next meeting in October on how the organisation can support and assist its allies who request assistance if they come under cyber attack.
"We will do that on the basis of a detailed report that we have tasked today. Cyber attacks do not stop at national borders. Our defences should not, either," Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen noted that defence budgets are falling, and the cost of modern capabilities is rising.
"There is an imbalance between what we have and what we need, with significant shortfalls in some areas, such as air-to-air refuelling and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance," he added.
"We must make the best use of the money we have, through better, smarter cooperation. And European countries must do more to relieve the unequal burden which is currently being carried by the United States."
NATO has agreed to send an expert delegation to Libya to identify how it could best respond to the request by the Libyan Prime Minister on the development of the country’s national security forces.