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Monday, May 18, 2015

Estonia launches pan-European initiative for reducing cyber threats

LETA/Public Broadcasting reports "At the European Union's defence ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday, ministers of six states and the EU High Representative signed a cyber hygiene initiative, which provides a common basis and environment for educating public sector employees to avoid cyber threats.

Photo: The Baltic Course

The aim of the cyber hygiene initiative, developed by the Estonian defence ministry, is to develop a common standard for safe cyber behaviour, as well as to create an e-learning environment to better educate employees about cyber threats.

Estonian and Latvian ministries of defence will start using the standard for behaving in cyberspace, and will make it compulsory for workers to pass a corresponding e-learning course once a year. The same standard and training will be implemented by other countries that join the cyber hygiene standard. The aim is to expand the cyber hygiene initiative to cover all of Europe.

Today, the initiative was signed in addition to Estonia by the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and in the name of the European Union, by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.


Source: The Baltic Course