Europe looks to ‘big picture’ for cyber-defense strategy

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The contemporary security environment has upturned “some common myths about cyber defense”, Ministry of Defense State Secretary Jānis Sārts told the conference ‘Cyber Defense in Europe’ in Berlin last week, reported military news portal Monday.

“It is primarily a strategic issue,” suggested the defense ministry official in his keynote address. “Cyber-attacks affect policies, industry, and business decisions and require relevant policies in place,” he argued.

“Second of all, to fight cyber-attacks, to build a defense fortress, it is crucial to see the big picture. Every cyber-attack on state systems takes place in greater context – either if it accompanies an interstate conflict, a terrorist attack, a state collapse, failure of national government, it will always have a deeper root cause,” Sārts concluded his opening speech.

On her part State Secretary of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defense Katrin Suder stressed the importance of coordinated effort between the military and business sectors inside Europe. “Cyber defense is definitely a team sport,” she said.

Latvia’s Ministry of Defense, in cooperation with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defense last week organized a joint conference for EU member states and relevant bodies on the issues of cyber security and defense. The Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU has included the themes as an inherent part of its policy priority on Digital Europe.

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