President of the Republic of Lithuania

Cyber defense for ensuring national security

2017-06-13

Tuesday, 13 June, Vilnius  President Dalia Grybauskaitė and President Borut Pahor of Slovenia, who is on an official visit to Lithuania, visited the National Cyber Security Center. Lithuania rapidly and effectively enhances its cyber defense capacities and this makes our experience interesting to Slovenia that is presently setting up its cyber security system.

According to the President, cyber and information attacks directed against Europe are evolving into hybrid warfare with the Baltic states in the frontline. Security gaps in virtual space increase national vulnerability; therefore, enhanced cyber defense is paramount for ensuring national security.

Last year, almost 50 thousand cyber incidents were registered in Lithuania, which is more than a fifth compared with 2015. However, with the number and complexity of cyber attacks on the rise, Lithuania’s capacity to counter them is improving as well. Lithuania’s response to cyber threats comprises cyber defense plans, regular national cyber security exercises, close cooperation with NATO allies, and updated legislation facilitating effective prevention of the attacks. 

The Presidents discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the area of cyber security. Threats in the virtual space are without borders and change rapidly. The infrastructure of friendly countries can be also used for delivering cyber-attacks. Therefore, allies’ ability to rapidly exchange information and search for common security solutions is vitally important for the early detection of threats and for neutralizing them.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė invited the President of Slovenia to join Lithuania’s annual cyber security exercises. This is an opportunity for Lithuanian and Slovenian professionals to establish closer contacts, exchange experience and jointly develop competences.

Lithuania’s experience in adapting its legislation to the challenges of the 21st century, ability to concentrate national capabilities for the protection of key information infrastructure, and technological solutions for countering attacks may serve as a model for Slovenia as well as for other countries seeking to enhance their cyber security.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2017.06.13 16:06

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