Denmark launches new cyber and information security strategy

17 May 2018 (Last Updated May 17th, 2018 12:15)

The Danish Government has launched a new national cyber and information security strategy that will provide enhanced protection against cyber-attacks and digital threats.

The Danish Government has launched a new national cyber and information security strategy that will provide enhanced protection against cyber-attacks and digital threats.

Danish Defence Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen launched the new strategy in collaboration with Public Sector Innovation Minister Sophie Løhde and Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Minister Brian Mikkelsen.

Built further on the 2018-2023 Defence Agreements, the strategy comprises 25 specific initiatives to consolidate the defence of the country against cyber-attacks, information technology (IT) criminals and external threats.

“In particular, we’ll strengthen the capacity of the Centre for Cyber Security to identify and prevent harmful cyber-attacks targeted at authorities and businesses in Denmark.”

Over the next few years, the Danish government intends to invest kr1.5bn ($237.86m) to improve the country’s cyber and information security.

In addition, the country will set up a national situation centre at its Centre for Cyber Security.

Frederiksen said: “Cyberattack by hardcore criminals and by countries such as Russia are one the greatest threats of our time.

“That’s why we’re now consolidating cross-authority efforts and combining a number of initiatives. This strategy is a natural continuation of the Defence Agreements, which also give high priority to the cyber area, and the large resources made available by the agreements will benefit society at large.

“In particular, we’ll strengthen the capacity of the Centre for Cyber Security to identify and prevent harmful cyber-attacks targeted at authorities and businesses in Denmark.”

The new cyber situation centre will help monitor important IT systems and the country’s most important digital networks in order to warn authorities and businesses about current and potential threats.