In another important milestone marking the strong partnership between the U.S. and Poland, military officials from the two countries signed a cyberspace defense cooperation agreement June 26.
The Arrangement on Cyberspace Defense Cooperation is intended to facilitate synchronized military-to-military collaboration in the cyber domain and bolster capabilities in an increasingly dynamic security environment.
Under this framework, activities will focus on information exchange in areas of cybersecurity, training, education and promoting a collective cyber defense posture. In an effort to deter aggression from cyber threat actors, U.S. and Polish forces will also work together to develop capabilities concentrated on coordinated, defensive cyberspace operations.
In a joint statement following the ceremonial signing, Brig. Gen. Maria Biank, U.S. European Command’s Joint Cyber Center director, highlighted the close partnership between the U.S. and Poland and pointed out that information sharing remains a top priority for USEUCOM and the JCC.
“We welcome this opportunity to formalize our growing and mutually-beneficial relationship with Poland in cyberspace,” she said. “By establishing the framework for cyber information sharing, a successful attack against one should not equate to a successful attack against many.”
Biank, who is responsible for cybersecurity cooperation in the European theater, shared a glimpse of what collaboration will look like as a result of the new agreement.
“We look forward to increased cooperation in cyberspace, through technical exchanges and events such as the upcoming bilateral cyber incident response table-top exercise in September.”
Brig. Gen. Karol Molenda, acting director of Poland’s National Cyber Security Centre, represented Poland’s Ministry of National Defense at the signing.
U.S. Mission Poland