NATO's Cyber Defence Management Authority (CDMA) represents a bold effort to centralize cyber defence operational capabilities across the Alliance. The Brussels-based CDMA augments member cyber defences by providing a centralised bureau for coordinating member responses to the full spectrum of cyber attacks. It is responsible for initiating and coordinating immediate and effective cyber defence action where appropriate.
Creation of the CDMA was initiated at the 2002 Prague Summit when NATO leaders directed that a technical NATO Cyber Defence Programme be implemented. CDMA was given approval by the North Atlantic Council in March 2008. The CDMA is managed by the Cyber Defence Management Board, which comprises the leaders of the political, military, operational and technical staffs in NATO with responsibilities for cyber defence.
It constitutes the main consultation body for the North Atlantic Council on cyber defence and provides advice to member states on all main aspects of cyber defence. NATO CDMA operates under the auspices of the Emerging Security Challenges Division in NATO HQ (i.e. Chairmanship and staff support).