Poland joins Lithuania-launched EU Cyber Rapid Response Teams initiative

Poland has officially joined the European Union Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) Cyber Rapid Response Teams Initiative launched by Lithuania, informed LETA/BNS.

The Declaration of Intent was on Saturday signed by Minister of National Defense of Poland Mariusz Blaszczak on a visit to Vilnius, Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defense said.

“The fact that Poland is joining the EU cyber capability development project proves that an initiative put forward by Lithuania can unite forces in practice in the fight against threats in cyber space and to strengthen collective defense in this dimension,” Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis said.

The Lithuanian initiatives is aimed at generating Cyber Rapid Response Teams rotating on a biannual basis that would be manned by experts from cyber incident investigation and other security institutions of the participating states.

It is planned that cyber security units of the participating EU members would team up to neutralise and conduct investigation in cyberspace but also physically if necessary, in case of a major cyber incident. The first of such teams comprised of heads of cyber security units of the participating countries trained in Exercise Cyber Shield 2018 in Lithuania this year.

Lithuania leads the EU cooperation project in cyber defence eight more EU member states – Estonia, Spain, Croatia, Poland, Netherlands, France, Romania, and Finland are participants of the project, and another four – Belgium, Greece, Slovenia, and Germany, are observers of the project.

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