Lithuania has made its way into the worldwide group of countries that is paying the greatest attention to the area of cyber security and occupies the 4th position in the recently published Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) only falling behind the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and France.
The Global Cybersecurity Index is announced annually by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which unites 194 countries and assesses the countries’ efforts to adapt their national legal framework, to implement technical-organisational requirements, and to develop capabilities and cooperation in the sector of cyber security.
It is the highest achievement of Lithuania in GCI, in comparison, Lithuania was in the 57th position in 2017.
“The cyber security situation of our country began improving in 2015 when the Ministry of National Defence took the lead in reforming the policy and capabilities of cyber and electronic safety of the state. Over the past four years cyber capabilities have been strengthened and crime prevention improved, cooperation between the private and the public sectors and international initiatives have been developed, and a significant attention is payed to the development of innovations,” Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza says.
According to Vice Minister E. Kerza, the announced GCI results show that the international community appreciates the objectives and commitments Lithuania has taken up and the quality of their fulfilment.
“We are on the right track in both, national and international environment, and we become a role model quite often for the countries that have significantly bigger capabilities,” Vice Minister of National Defence E. Kerza says.
The biggest push on the international rating was Lithuania’s consistently implemented cyber security policy in 2018: the National Cyber Security Strategy was approved, consolidation of the national cyber capabilities was finished which strengthened national cyber security capabilities. Also, the decision was taken to create a secure state data transfer network connecting critical state institutions which would ensure security of data and reliability of communication in case of a crisis, for example, a large-scale cyberattack, natural disaster, etc.
In 2018 Lithuania also took the role of leadership in strengthening cyber security in the international plane and is successfully leading one of the European Union initiatives for creating cyber response teams. The project is developed in the framework of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), involves 13 countries, and currently it is one of the projects the biggest progress has been achieved on.
About the International Telecommunication Union
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a United Nations agency established in 1865 specifically for information and communications technologies.
The ITU operates on the principle of public-private cooperation, it currently brings together 194 countries and over 800 enterprises and scientific institutions.
The UN agency oversees functioning of the global telecommunications network, including radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops technical solutions in order to standardise communications worldwide.