On July 12 the National Cyber Security Centre was officially opened in Vilnius. The function of the Centre is to ensure centralisation of protection of cyberspace at national level. “The changing security environment highlights the need for cyber security. Experience shows that the number of cyberattacks in the country is increasing, while their effect on people’s lives may grow even further. The National Cyber Security Centre opened today strengthens its capabilities, cooperates closely and provides assistance to other institutions in private and public sectors,” Minister of National Defence J.Olekas said at the inauguration ceremony.
As Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said at the inauguration ceremony, the official opening of the National Cyber Security Centre came at a particularly right time, that is, after the NATO Summit in Warsaw where major focus was given to ensuring cyber security. The NATO Heads of States and Governments recognised cyberspace as one more defence domain, such as land, sea or air, and allied countries agreed to enhance their cyber security and resilience.
The National Cyber Security Centre was established in the territory of the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania a little over a year ago, by now it has been manned to roughly 80%, equipment has been installed and infrastructure readied.
According to Minister J.Olekas, since the establishment, experts of the Centre have achieved a lot in strengthening cyber security of Lithuanian state institutions and advising citizens who administer their cyber systems on their own. The staff of the Centre are normally the first ones to detect attacks on state institutions and to inform about them, to help manage a cyber incident, and to coordinate actions of different institutions.
“Cyber incidents that are tracked by the experts working at the Centre take place across all networks and systems, and their number annually increases by roughly 20%. Specialist of the Centre we inaugurate today are ready to protect and defend networks and systems from cyber-attacks at any time of the day,” Head of the National Cyber Security Centre Rimtautas Černiauskas.
Within its capacity, the National Cyber Security Centre looks for cyber security solutions in the fields of state information resources and critical information infrastructure in cooperation with state authorities and organisations and other entities.
The event was also attended by Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, Chairman of the Committee on National Security and Defence of the Lithuanian Parliament, Artūras Paulauskas, Minister of the Interior Tomas Žilinskas, Minister of Transport and Communications Rimantas Sinkevičius, Ambassadors of Estonia, Latvia, the United States, and Poland, and other guests.
The Law on Cyber Security of the Republic of Lithuania, in force as of 1 January 2015, provided legal basis and enshrined the will to protect the cyberspace of Lithuania through combined efforts. The Service for Cyber Security and Telecommunications under the Ministry of National Defence was tasked with the functions of the National Cyber Security Centre defined by the said law.
Lithuania takes cyber security seriously: this year the National Plan for of Cyber Incident Management organisational-technical requirements for cyber security, and other legislation regulating cyber protections obligatory to all public sector institutions have been endorsed this year.