Baltics states to strengthen national IT security

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania plan to significantly strengthen their national IT security, amid the ever growing threat from Russia and the Islamic State.

Dalya Grybauskaite, president of Lithuania.
Dalya Grybauskaite, president of Lithuania.

The governments of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania plan to significantly strengthen their national IT security, amid the ever growing threat from Russia and the Islamic State, according to Dalya Grybauskaite, president of Lithuania.

This move is a response to a series of cyber-attacks on the web-sites of state agencies and military establishments of Lithuania, probably the most high-profile of them was a cyber-attack on the website of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of Lithuania, during which hackers posted information purporting to be about NATO's plans to annex the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

As Grybauskaite told SCMagazineUK.com through her press-secretary, part of the planned measures is strengthening of security for the web-resources of the Lithuanian state agencies and military establishments by only employing state-owned companies to administer their web-sites, as well as expansion of powers for the Lithuanian National Cyber ​​Security Centre (NTSKB) and increasing its responsibliity for tackling cyber-crimes.

It is planned that similar measures will soon be implemented in other countries in the Baltic region.

Rimtautas Černiauskas, head of the National Cyber Security Centre of Lithuania, told SCMagazineUK.com that one of the main goals of hackers is to undermine the economy of the EU states, while the majority of them are believed to be acting on the request of the governments of hostile states, trying to attack some large, strategic elements of the countries' infrastructure. According to Černiauskas, an example is a recent cyber-attack on Warsaw airport, which paralysed its operations for the nearly five hours.

He added that the EU regulators and security services should also to pay more attention to the so-called dark web, which helps criminals to remain anonymous, concluding illegal financial transactions or conducting their cyber-attacks.

Finally, Rimtautas Černiauskas has also said that the EU states plan to use the experience of the US and to start the design of special measures for the protection of their national military-industrial complex against cyber-attacks. It is planned that particular attention will be paid for increasing the level of security of its information systems. In addition, there are plans for the development of new rules for defence projects and public procurement, which will include the costs for cyber-security.

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