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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Cyber Security is Necessary for Protection of All Citizens

17.10.2013

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Speaking at an international cyber conference in Seoul today, Foreign Minister Paet said that international cooperation is necessary for the successful development of a global digital society. “The free movement of information and services has great economic potential and simplified cross-border e-trade would benefit individuals as well as large international companies,” he added.

Paet highlighted the example of digital cooperation between Estonia and Finland, which has improved not only the exchange of information but also the movement of services between the two countries. “Digital signatures or electronic payment systems between countries can save money and time,” said the Estonian foreign minister. “The cooperation between Estonia and Finland in the area of cross-border e-services could be a good example that other states could follow,” he stressed. The foreign minister confirms that Estonia has already introduced its e-state experience to many countries around the world.

According to Paet, in addition to e-services and digital development, it is also very important to pay attention to the security of those applications because the broad use of e-solutions makes us also more vulnerable. “Cyber security is fundamental not only to national security, but also to protecting the rights of citizens and the economic wellbeing of markets,” stated Foreign Minister Paet. “Estonia considers cyber security to be an enabler of economic growth and regional integration. The benefits of digitalized society can only be achieved if identities are secure,” he added. Paet says that the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre, which operates in Tallinn, is engaged in developing new strategies to combat cyber threats and conducts necessary trainings. 

Paet confirmed that, for Estonia, virtual freedom of expression is an inseparable part of human rights and supporting freedom of expression online is just as important as all other activities associated with protecting and promoting human rights. “As the current chairman of the Freedom Online Coalition, Estonia considers it important to base our position on the idea that a free and secure internet can be an effective instrument for political, economic, and social development in the 21st century,” noted Paet. “Next April’s internet freedom conference, which will take place in Tallinn, will be based on those key words,” he added.

Foreign Minister Paet is also scheduled to meet South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se.

More info about the Seoul cyber conference: http://www.seoulcyber2013.kr/en/main/main.do

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