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 No need to take mobile phones away from soldiers, teach them responsible use of Internet instead, - NATO spokesman Shea

Military in a combat zone should be taught how to responsibly use modern devices with access to the Internet.

Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO Headquarters Jamie Patrick Shea said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, Censor.NET reports.

"If you have a soldier in an area of operations who takes pictures which give away his position to the adversary: 'Look mom, I'm here with my unit.' That of course is silly," he said.

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"I think what we have to do is not to take mobile phones away from soldier. But just like you do with children at school these days, to teach them about the responsible use of the Internet. Be careful what you put on there. Don't reveal embarrassing information about yourself. Protect your own privacy. It's the simple things, because people do not realize the insecurity that comes from this domain," Shea said.

According to him, it is important to inform the military about possible consequences of any actions on social media.

"Even today some 90 percent of all cyber attacks come from simple human error. It's still the human factor. The weak link in the cyber area continues to be the human being. So it's very much a question of training and education," the NATO's representative stressed.
   
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