President of the Republic of Lithuania

Lithuania’s cyber security experience in Davos

2019-01-24

Thursday, January 24, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland President Dalia Grybauskaitė, attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, presented Lithuania’s experience and achievements in cyber security.

The plenary session focusing on cyber security challenges and measures to tackle them was attended by many heads of state, political and economic leaders and addressed ways of protecting the cyber space and esuring its security.

According to the President, safe and secure cyber space is a precondition for the survival of democracy. As industrial and technological development rapidly progresses, cyber security becomes a vital part of national security.

The President believes that cyber attacks are becoming a weapon of war nowadays. In the European Union alone, some 4000 cyber attacks are recorded daily, with around 55 thousand annual cyber attacks in Lithuania. In most cases, they are targeted against key public sectors – strategic energy, transport and financial networks. Cyber attacks aim to paralyze public authorities and are used to post fake news on credible media portals. In many countries malignant external attempts to affect the results of democratic elections were observed.

According to the President, Lithuania was among the first countries to launch an initiative aimed at protecting its cyber space. Our country not only follows an innovative national cyber security strategy, but it has also assumed international leadership to produce regional and pan-European responses. Together with the United States, we are about to set up a regional cyber security center in Kaunas. At the initiative of Lithuania, EU’s cyber rapid response teams are established in the framework of PESCO cooperation format.

The President also said that the protection of cyber space today equals to border protection, therefore the new EU financial framework must provide it with adequate funding.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2019.01.24 11:56

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