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Sat, 09 Nov, 2013 05:09:15 AM
FTimes Report, November 9
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The President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy on Thursday discussed issues relating to central government information security and cyber security in general. 
The Cabinet Committee also discussed Finland's participation in international crisis management, said a press release of the Government Communications Department.
The Committee addressed the information security violation against the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. 
Several projects and measures have been launched in the spring with an aim to improve information security. The Committee wanted to continue and accelerate their implementation, said the release.
The Committee also discussed development needs relating to national cyber security legislation. The same issue was on the agenda in May too.
The Committee also discussed Finland's participation in international crisis management.
Approximately 400 Finnish soldiers currently participate in military crisis management, half of which are deployed to the UNIFIL operation in Lebanon. The share of UNIFIL soldiers will continue to rise as Finland will take over as lead nation of the Finnish-Irish battalion in November.  
At the same time, Finland will continue to be involved in the planning of a NATO-led follow-on mission to ISAF and makes preparations to participate in the mission as of the beginning of 2015.
Finland has approximately 120 experts in civilian crisis management tasks at present. 
“Today, Finland has a strong participation in EU-led civilian crisis management operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Georgia. The share of women in expert duties, nearly 40 per cent, is clearly over the EU average,” said the release.
Finland will continue to take part in international exercise and training cooperation and in rapid reaction forces.
The Committee was also briefed on the preparatory work on the December European Council meeting focusing on the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy and defence cooperation and the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in November, said the release. 
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