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Vice Minister of National Defence E. Kerza presented Lithuania’s experience in security investment at NATO’s Cyber Security Conference

On October 15 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza presented Lithuania’s experience in cyber security investments at the NATO Information Assurance Symposium 2019 (NIAS2019).

“International threats, especially in the area of cyber defence are increasingly complex. Each country is looking for its own way to tackle them, and primarily, to increase resilience. Taking into account the scope and complexity of cyber-attacks, Lithuania can be seen as one of the countries that do most to fight them,” Vice Minister E. Kerza said at the panel on “How Do the Nations Prioritize Their Cyber Investments?” of the international symposium.

According to Vice Minister, Lithuania has made investments into strategic solutions, personnel and procedures, and based on its results, can be taken as a role model by other countries.

“We have assembled a team of competent experts, created operating models, consolidated national capabilities, and at the same time we are taking a leadership role at international level in heading creation of the EU Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security project. All of that made Lithuania rise from the 27th to the 4th position in the Global Cybersecurity Index,” E. Kerza underscored.

Vice Minister discussed different questions when presenting Lithuania’s experience, such as, whether cybersecurity really was the area that was more expensive than other areas, for example, healthcare, social security, or education, and whether cybersecurity really needed additional investment.

Vice Minister E. Kerza is also planned to meet with officials of NATO, European Commission, and the European External Action Service during his visit to Belgium on October 15–16.

The NATO Cyber Security Conference NIAS2019 is organised by the NATO Communication Information Agency (NCIA). This year the NIAS Conference focuses on ‘Digital transformation: smart machines for smarter decisions’.

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