New National Cyber ​​Security Center set to launch next year

On June 7, the Cabinet of Ministers reviewed a report titled “On Improving the Governance of State Cyber ​​Security”, supporting the establishment of a new National Cyber ​​Security Center as of January 1, 2023.

The aim of the National Cyber ​​Security Center is to improve cyber security management by addressing challenges such as the different levels of cybersecurity in state and local government institutions and the performance of cyber security functions under European Union law.

The tasks of the Center will be the development of Latvia's cyber security strategy, coordination of national cyber security policy and supervision of its implementation, evaluation of security requirements of state information system development projects, fulfillment of cyber security requirements, including identification and supervision of and informing public administrations and the general public about cybersecurity.

The National Cyber ​​Security Center will operate under the direction of the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense and will combine cyber security policy coordination and monitoring functions, as well as cyber security incident response functions.

The center will include a structural unit of the Ministry of Defense and the Information Technology Incident Prevention Institution (CERT.LV), as well as new additional staff.

Over the next three years, funding for national defense will be gradually increased to 2.5% of GDP (it is already above the NATO recommended minimum of 2% of GDP) and strengthening national cyber security capabilities is one of the priority areas for additional funding.

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