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The cybersecurity of elections discussed at the cyber consultations of Estonia and Ukraine

12. June 2019 - 16:40

Today, 12 June, the second round of cyber consultations was held between Estonia and Ukraine in Tallinn. The agenda included the cybersecurity of elections, the protection of critical infrastructure and possibilities for closer cooperation on cybersecurity issues.

“Estonia’s support for Ukraine is strong and unwavering. It is important for us to express this support in practical terms and cybersecurity is one of the areas where exchanging experience brings invaluable benefits for both parties,” explained the Estonian Ambassador at Large for Cyber Security Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, who headed the Estonian delegation.

According to her, the cybersecurity of elections and the protection of critical infrastructure were the most important subjects of the consultations. “Presidential elections were recently held in Ukraine and parliamentary elections are coming up. Estonia also recently organised two elections, so there are plenty of new lessons on further improving the cybersecurity of elections. Our Ukrainian colleagues were also interested in how Estonia has paid particular attention to the protection of vital services from cyber-attacks over the years,” she said.

The previous round of cyber consultations was held in Kyiv in 2018. Routine cooperation between Estonia and Ukraine is close.

The Estonian delegation included representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Estonian Information System Authority. The Ukrainian delegation was headed by Ruslan Nymchynskyi from the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Photo: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEd5SVf

Additional information:

Britta Tarvis
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
britta.tarvis@mfa.ee
+372 637 7627 / +372 5194 7045

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