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Estonia's new cyber strategy

GCN readers familiar with the 2007 cyber assault on the Estonian government and commercial Web sites may be interested in a recently issued report from Estonia's Ministry of Defence, now available online.

The report, titled 'Cyber Security Strategy,' addresses the 'asymmetrical threat posed by cyber attacks and the inherent vulnerabilities of cyberspace' and the 'serious security risk' they pose to all nations. And it adds new details to Estonia's plans since GCN interviewed Lauri Almann, Estonia's undersecretary of Defence.

The report, among other findings, observes:
  • Cyber threats need to be addressed at the global level;
  • They also require the comprehensive use of information technology solutions to be supported by a high level of security measures and be embedded in a broad and sophisticated cyber security culture; and
  • That an essential precondition for the securing of cyberspace is that every operator of a computer, computer network or information system realizes the personal responsibility of using the data and instruments of communication.


The document also outlines a series of policy initiatives the Estonian government is taking, including:
  • The application of a graduated system of security measures in Estonia
  • the development of Estonia's expertise in and high awareness of information security to the highest standard of excellence;
  • the development of an appropriate regulatory and legal framework to support the secure and seamless operability of information systems;
  • promoting international co-operation aimed at strengthening global cyber security.

Posted by Wyatt Kash on Sep 29, 2008 at 9:39 AM


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