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Ministry: hybrid threats noticed in Ukraine are also observed in Europe

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Considering the established security situation and looking towards the east, developments in that area make one think of hybrid threats and cyber-attacks, which have become a considerable challenge nowadays. Cyber-attacks are also often used to accomplish political goals. This makes cyber security a noteworthy priority for countries and societies,» says Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica.

On Tuesday, 28 November, Kalniņa-Lukaševica participated in an annual security policy summit organized by Brussels-based think tank Friends of Europe. The parliamentary secretary spoke in the first session of the summit, which addressed matters of cyber security, Europe’s dialogue with Russia, hybrid threats and other security challenges of the 21st century, BNN was informed by Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Kalniņa-Lukaševica said that combinations of different forms of influence, including cyber threats, information campaigns and hybrid threats found in Ukraine have also been noticed in Europe. Russia’s hybrid methods create insecurity and unpredictability for security in Europe and outside.

She also said that Baltic States face politically motivated cyber-attacks on a regular basis. As an example the parliamentary secretary mentioned data published by Cert.lv, which shows that a total of 600,000 cyber incidents took place in Latvia in 2016. Approximately 3,000 of them were high-risk incidents.

«Latvia and Estonia are leaders in development of capabilities to oppose cyber threats. As a result, we have created one of the best cyber security systems in the world,» said the parliamentary secretary.

She said that Baltic States have had enough experience dealing with such threats to properly identify hybrid threats. «State and private sector both play a major role in the fight against hybrid threats.»


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