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Bill to designate cyberspace as security environment

BC, Tallinn, 17.01.2017.Print version
The Ministry of the Interior is seeking opinions on a draft document setting out Estonia's security policy fundamentals, which designates cyberspace as another dimension of the security environment alongside land, territorial waters and airspace, reports LETA/BNS.

The sub-chapter on cyber security sets out the principle that cyber security is organized uniformly and with the same structural solutions in both peacetime and war situation. Dependence on what happens in cyberspace transcends boundaries which further increases risks and vulnerability. Reducing vulnerability at all levels largely hinges on the people's awareness and behavior to avoid cyber risks.

The draft also says that uneven regional development, poorly adjusted groups in society, intolerance and polarization of society based on differences in opinions and attitudes can affect internal stability of the state and therefore have a security dimension. Ageing and decreasing of the Estonian population represent long-term risks.

According to the bill, the principal security risks for Estonia are deepening of global security problems and decreasing influence of the value space based on democracy, market economy, rule of law and human rights. Risks are also seen in the weakening of ties based on the core principles of the European Union and Russia's provocatively aggressive behavior including use of military force both near its borders and more widely in the world.

In addition, Estonia's security is influenced by cross-border and asymmetric threats arising from all too often negative changes in the living environment, social inequality and countries' inability to provide the necessary sense of security to their citizens.

"Fundamentals of Estonian Security Policy 2017" is a strategic development document that formulates the key goals and principles of the country's security policy and reflects the areas that are of importance to national security.

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