NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is looking to increase protection of critical undersea infrastructures. Gas and oil pipelines, as well as Internet cables, are increasingly exposed to risk. Russia being one of them. To meet this objective, a Maritime Center for Critical Submarine Infrastructure Security has been created.
This center will be based at Northwood, NATO’s naval headquarters, near London. It will also aim to strengthen cooperation with the private sector in submarine infrastructure protection.
The sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines was a wake-up call for Western countries. They decided to step up surveillance of pipelines and undersea cables. Marine infrastructures are threatened by underwater drones and submarines. Before the creation of the Maritime Center for Critical Submarine Infrastructure Security, a Coordination Cell was set up in Brussels.