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Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand discussed cyber cooperation with US Senators


Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand discussed cyber cooperation and questions related to international cybersecurity with US Senators John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse and John Barrasso at a cyber-related roundtable that took place today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Representatives of the Government Office, Ministry of Defence, and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications took part in the roundtable, giving an overview of the developments related in the field of cybersecurity in Estonia.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand, the development of information and communications technology (ICT) has contributed a lot to the growth of social well-being and economic competitiveness. “At the same time, the vulnerability of cyberspace has also grown,” Kaljurand said and added that because of the vulnerability of cyberspace and its cross-border nature, countries have to cooperate more closely on the level of technology, legislative drafting, national defence as well as international communication in order to ensure cybersecurity.  

According to Foreign Minister Kaljurand, the United States and Estonia have made efforts to raise the importance of the cybersecurity field at an international level. Kaljurand said that the recent acknowledgement of the field of cybersecurity by NATO as part of collective defence is an important contribution to achieving international stability in that field. “In addition, the annual training exercises of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence located in Tallinn are a good example of how countries are exercising the fight against cyber dangers,” she added. 

At the roundtable, Kaljurand also spoke about Internet freedom and the importance of international cooperation in achieving worldwide Internet freedom. “We have to do everything in order to keep the Internet free. Restricting access is not an answer to the dangers of cybersecurity,” the Foreign Minister said. She added that it is important to support developing countries, since the advancement of ICT helps to fight against poverty, encourage enterprise and improve governing.


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