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Sun, 10 Nov, 2013 03:14:23 AM
FTimes-STT Report, November 10
 
The Interior Minister, Päivi Räsänen. Photo Lehtikuva
Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen on Saturday expressed concerns over the country’s ability to tackle cyber espionage and other forms of online attacks.
 
“Compared to the other European countries, Finland’s ability to detect cyber threats early is lower,” the minister said at a programme in Seinäjoki.
 
She said Finland performed best when the mode of operation and its organisation is well explained; but it is also important to clarify what changes would be needed in the laws.
 
Speaking on the occasion, opposition True Finns Party Chairman Timo Soini stressed improvement of cyber security as a priority with regards to national interest and that there should not be any place for argument among the administrators.
 
“Political parties and officials should avoid making premature cases public,” said Soini
 
On November 5, Defence MinisterCarl Haglund  said the government was preparing a new law to better equip the defence and police forces with cyber strategy, with a view to tackling external cyber threats.
 
“The bill will be drafted by January and a comprehensive law will be enacted by the end of the coming year,” the defence minister said at the National Defence Information and Planning seminar held in Helsinki.
 
File picture of computer network. Photo Lehtikuva
Pointing out that espionage was a worldwide phenomenon,he said the police and defence forces needed to be better empowered in terms of cyber strategy.
 
The cyber espionage issue came to the forefront on October 31 when MTV3 in a report said China and Russia were suspected of being involved with the espionage on the Finnish Foreign Ministry’s digital information.
 
On the same day, Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja at a press conference confirmed that a wide range of cyber espionage was going on with the digital information system of the Foreign Ministry, although he said the intention of the attack could not be known.
 
Tuomioja also said an investigation was going on in this regard.
 
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