NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with industry leaders in energy and communications infrastructure on Thursday (4 May 2023) to discuss NATO’s role in contributing to the security of critical undersea infrastructure and cooperation with industry.
The Secretary General highlighted the importance of working with the industry who build, operate and maintains this infrastructure in order to better enhance its security.
NATO has been working on the protection of critical infrastructure for years. Following the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline last September, Allies have stepped up their military presence in the region.
NATO has also recently created an undersea infrastructure coordination cell to map vulnerabilities and coordinate efforts between NATO Allies, partners, and the private sector. A new NATO-EU taskforce on resilience and critical infrastructure protection has also been established.