Growing cybersecurity threats have prompted NATO to reveal plans for a rapid response cyber force and expanded cyber defense aid for Ukraine amid its ongoing conflict with Russia, as well as an increased focus on Chinese state-sponsored attacks, CyberScoop reports. "We will significantly strengthen our cyber defenses through enhanced civil-military cooperation. We will also expand partnership with industry. Allies have decided, on a voluntary basis and using national assets, to build and exercise a virtual rapid response cyber capability to respond to significant malicious cyber activities," said NATO in its declaration. Such a declaration from NATO shows a stronger emphasis on cybersecurity, according to Chris Painter, who led cybersecurity at the State Department during the Obama administration. "Cyber is now part and parcel of both the threat and the response that NATO is looking at its no longer some foreign object. It is something that they have been building steadily since [the] Lisbon [NATO summit] many years ago, and it's become more and more prominent as time goes on. And thats appropriate," said Painter.