Cert.lv's head: Latvia's cyberspace still at high risk

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Latvia's cyberspace security risks are still at a high level, said Baiba Kaškina, head of the Information Technology (IT) Safety Incident Prevention Institution Cert.lv, in an interview with Latvian Television April 19 morning.

“The level of threat remains high in Latvia's cyberspace, but compared to last year, the situation is calmer. Over the past year, much has been done to make mundane access-barring attacks all go unnoticed, as they continue to happen almost every day. We don't see any of them. Consequently, protection is at a very high level in this area," said Kaškina.

Kaškina said that the cyber-security sector also thinks about all the consequences of using artificial intelligence. In cyber-security, AI can be used both to create very believable attacks and to pro-actively recognize attempts to attack cyberspace. In general, she estimated that stopping the progress of this technology was difficult.

She added that there should be "some regulation" in the use of AI in Latvia, with no further elaboration.

Similarly, Jānis Sārts, head of the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE), said in an interview with Latvian Radio on Tuesday that, in his opinion, AI developments like ChatGPT should not be banned in Latvia but that there was concern about further gaps between the technologically advanced parts of society and others. 

“Being a relatively small country with good technological infrastructure, I see benefits, but there will be a lot of people who will not be able to use technology and will be in a bad situation,” commented Sārts.

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