Enhancing Cyber Security


On September 20, Lithuania’s cabinet approved the Defence Ministry’s national cyber security development program for 2023-2030. The document points out that the current model is inadequate for the growing field of cyber security. The programme also covers the police and related institutions, said Liudas Ališauskas, head of the National Cyber Security Centre.

“Under one programme, we aim to have a laboratory and train specialists and experts. Under another programme, we are upgrading the cyber defence architecture to create a unified platform to provide services to cyber security actors,” he added. The document foresees a major overhaul of the existing system for shaping and implementing the national cyber security policy by involving more institutions in the management and enforcement of security.

Also, the plan is to upgrade the system for cyber security governance and the organizational and technical requirements for cyber security, to introduce new technical and organizational tools, and address the issues of training professionals and educating staff of public institutions and the public. The new programme’s total budget stands at 52.3 million euros.

The effort is aimed at increasing the proportion of investigated critical cyber incidents from 50 to 100 percent over the next seven years, and for the proportion of people checking website security to rise from 23.3 to 40 percent.