Jhe top White House cybersecurity official has launched a tour of European NATO allies to prepare for possible Russian attacks in cyberspace, senior US officials said.
Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technologies, will begin in Brussels for meetings with NATO to “strengthen national and alliance resilience in cyberspace, including deterring, disrupting and by responding to further Russian aggression against Ukraine, neighboring states and in our respective countries,” the officials said.
US officials, sharing details of the trip in a statement on condition of anonymity, said Ms Neuberger would then travel to Poland for meetings with Polish and Baltic cyber chiefs.
She is also due to consult with members of NATO countries in Eastern Europe, known as Group B9, and have virtual meetings with German and French officials.
“Our goal is to ensure that the United States and our allies and partners are prepared for any cybersecurity contingency and ready to respond in the current environment. We will also discuss how we will coordinate and support the Ukraine, and each other, in the event that cyberattacks occur,” officials said.
“It will be crucial for the United States and its allies and partners to be united.”
US and EU officials warn that barring a military attack, Russia could still inflict massive damage to Ukraine’s stability through cyberattacks.
“Russians understand that disabling or destroying critical infrastructure – including electricity and communications – can increase pressure on a country’s government, military and population and hasten their adherence to Russian goals” , senior US officials said.