The Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence has launched an interactive web-based resource for legal professionals and students, called the Cyber Law Toolkit.

The toolkit was launched at the 11th Annual Conference on Cyber Conflict – or CyCon 2019 – in Tallinn, Estonia, on 29 May.

According to the cyber defense center, the toolkit is a dynamic interactive web-based resource for legal professionals and students who work with a wide array of topics related to international law and cyber operations.

“The practical toolkit consists of several hypothetical scenarios, each of which contains a description of cyber incidents inspired by real-world examples and accompanied by detailed legal analysis,” the center said. “The analysis aims to provide throughout the examination of the applicability of international law to the diverse scenarios and related legal issues.”

The toolkit is available free of charge on the defense center’s website.

The authors of the toolkit have designed this web-based resource to be a useful tool for legal practitioners, and the users are most welcome to share it with their fellow legal experts.

“To begin exploring the toolkit, users may first take a look at the list of scenarios, check out the keyword cloud, or familiarise themselves with the FAQ page,” the center said in a statement.

Continuously developed and updated
The toolkit is the product of a yearlong project supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Partner institutions include the University of Exeter, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA).

According to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, the individual scenarios and the toolkit have been reviewed by a team of more than 20 external experts and peer reviewers. “The toolkit is an interactive resource that is intended to be continuously developed and updated,” it added.

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a NATO-accredited competence center, think tank and training institution that focuses on analysis, training, and exercises in the cyber-security field. The CCDCOE currently has 21 member states, including the US, the UK, Sweden, Finland, and Germany as well as Estonia. Denmark, Bulgaria, Norway, and Romania are also scheduled to join the CCDCOE.

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