Slovakia lacks law on cyber security

IN SLOVAKIA, a law is lacking that would integrally solve the issue of cyber security, the Concept of Cyber Security filed by the Slovak Government Office for comments states. 

Cyber-security, illustrative stock photoCyber-security, illustrative stock photo (Source: Sme)

The lack of legislation in this sphere is “the gravest problem of cyber security in Slovak conditions”, according to the concept.

The responsible institution for the preparation of the law is the Finance Ministry. The ministry’s press department confirmed for the SITA newswire at the beginning of March that they are preparing this law, but refused to disclose details. The draft should be filed by the end of 2015 for government approval. During the preparatory phase, all bodies of state administration and experts from academia have been approached.

One cannot say that we, in Slovakia, would not solve cyber threats – it is a hot topic that arouses much interest, security analyst Marian Majer of the Center for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA) told SITA. As there are several subjects and institutions involved, it is questionable, however, whether we are dealing with it in a sufficiently effective way, he said and added that already, it is too late to adopt the concept, a law and to elaborate other related issues.

In Slovakia, the level of preparedness for cyber threats is different, the concept finds. As the networks and systems are interconnected, those lacking a sufficient level of protection weaken the overall security of the networks and information in the whole country. The issue of cyber threats is not considered enough of a problem yet.

The concept considers a priority in protecting cyberspace not just by adopting the planned legislation, but also by increasing security consciousness, education and training in this sphere, as well as support for research and development in information and communication technologies and their security. According to the Concept, a cyber-security committee of the Security Council of Slovakia shall be established that would operate as a permanent working body for the coordination of measures of cyber security.

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