EU telecommunications ministers discuss cyber security

Press release 07.03.2022 17.05 fi sv en

Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka (Photo: Suvi-Tuuli Kankaanpää, Keksi Agency)

The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union organises an informal meeting of telecommunications ministers on 8–9 March 2022 in Paris and in Nevers. In the meeting, Finland will be represented by Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka.

The meeting will focus on such matters as developing cyber security, strengthening resilience and combating disinformation. The ministers will also discuss the challenges of hybrid warfare and the security of communications channels and networks.

“A functioning society requires safe networks and data protection. By ensuring information security, we are covered by a national home insurance,” says Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka.

“The war in Ukraine will have effects in the cyber environment, too. In both Finland and the EU, we are prepared to secure out networks in all situations,” Minister Harakka says.

The new EU Cybersecurity Strategy was adopted in 2020. The EU has taken determined action to improve information and network security, including 5G cyber security, by reforming the Network and Information Security Directive and by issuing several data initiatives.

Nationally, the development of cyber security has been guided by the cyber security strategies for 2013 and 2019. In summer 2021, a cyber security development programme and the Government resolution on improving information security and data protection in critical sectors of society were released.

Inquiries:

Tino Aalto, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 50 436 9188, tino.aalto@gov.fi

Kaisa Kopra, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 50 441 8005, kaisa.kopra@gov.fi