Strengthening cybersecurity is more relevant today than ever. As our entire lives have moved online, the risk of vulnerability for both individuals and businesses has increased several-fold, as has the tendency to consistently spread disinformation.
Most of the risks in cyberspace are related to insecure websites, insufficient cyber hygiene of internet users and organisations, and insufficient security of critical information infrastructure and state information resources. Lithuania is also facing new cybersecurity challenges, such as securing the technology supply chain.
The Ministry of National Defence, being responsible for the development of cybersecurity policy in Lithuania, seeks to strengthen the resilience of Lithuania’s cyberspace and actively contributes to the development of international security and Euro-Atlantic values. The activities of the MoD in the field of cybersecurity include:
- ensuring that unreliable technologies and equipment are not used in state institutions and sectors of national security importance, including 5G infrastructure;
- coordinating activities at EU level to prevent and respond to cyber-attacks and cyber-incidents in EU Member States, in Common Security and Defence Policy military missions and operations, and in support of partners;
- maintaining various formats of cooperation, conducting joint projects with relevant representatives of United States organisations;
- strengthening national cybersecurity capabilities and the cyber protection of state information resources and critical infrastructure through the development of the National Cybersecurity Development Programme and cybersecurity requirements;
- representing Lithuania in EU cyber security policy making and promoting the interests of the Community;
- promoting cybersecurity innovation and research.