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Estonia Helps Georgia Strengthen Defences Against Cybercrime

10.08.2012

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the activities of the Police and Border Guard Board to help increase Georgia’s ability to prevent and resolve cybercrimes.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that internet crime is one of the fastest growing types of illegal activity in the world, and countries can only fight it as a united front. “For Estonia, cyber security is an important security policy topic in international co-operation. The earlier one starts to support countries that are just developing their IT infrastructure in defence and administrative capability, the better the results will be,” he added.

Within the framework of the project, the Estonian Central Criminal Police is organising training sessions on efficiently handling cybercrimes and preventing cyber attacks for the divisions of the Georgian Ministry of the Interior that deal with fighting cybercrime. Another outcome of the project will be a Georgian-language handbook on dealing with cybercrimes that can be used as teaching material after the project has ended.

Fighting cybercrime is a priority for Georgia. The country has set a goal of harmonising its strategies and legislation in this area with that of the European Union. Georgia has also ratified the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime, which is the only treaty in the world regulating the cyber sector.

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the project with 64 378 euros allocated from its budget for development co-operation.

 

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