Launch NATO SPS in the field of Cyber security
On the 6th the October 2016 at the Government of Republic of Moldova were launched NATO SPS Projects in the field of Cyber Security which is a tool that contributes to the development of dialogue and cooperation with partner countries by implementing projects in science and innovation. At the event participated the senior officials from several institutions such as the State Chancellery, the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Ministry of Information Technologies and Telecommunications, diplomats, NATO and representatives of national institutions involved in the program.
The event was opened by Ms Elena Mârzac, executive director of the Information and Documentation Center of NATO in Moldova (IDC NATO) and she noted that Moldova is involved in NATO science activities since 1994. This cooperation is based on two priority areas: defense against terrorism and counteracting the other threats to security. This program is a platform for dialogue between NATO’s members and partner states. And launch the 3 projects demonstrate the practical benefits of cooperation between RM-NATO.
Vitalie Tarlev, Vice Minister of Communications and Information Technology mentioned that the dimensions of cyber sector in October 2015, has tested a list of actions to be implemented in the near future. And the CTS is the operator with a special status that provides government communications solutions, data exchange and interconnection. As well, the Ministry develops the legal framework on cyber security dimensions: defense, public and private sector.
Emil Druc, Director, General direction for Multilateral Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova focused on cooperation between Moldova – NAO. Therefore, NATO is developing an activity of scientific research in order to bind technological innovations of the social environment through projects of the SPR, but Moldova benefit fully the scientific cooperation with NATO.
Michael Gaul, who is the Senior Advisor on projects and strategies, Division of Risks Emerging Security, NATO Headquarters talked about cooperative security which is one of the basic principle of NATO and which join the NATO’s members and partner countries. Moldova and NATO are partners who share the same values, so the cooperation takes place through several beneficial projects to the citizens of Moldova, among which are the following three will be mentioned.
The event was presented 3 projects namely:
Project I. Laboratory launch of research and training in cyber security of the TUM.
The speakers who talled about the project are Sergei Popovich, General Director of State Enterprise Special Telecommunications Center; Valentin Amariei, training and international relations, Vice Rector of the Technical University of Moldova and Lauri Almann, Co-founder of the laboratory BHC Company for cyber security, Estonia. Sergei Popovich mentioned that the laboratory will have a positive impact in defending the RM and it is a common area for obtaining the response capacities in the environment information. The second speaker emphasized the role of the Technical University in this project, in that TUM has the mission to contribute with concrete actions to strengthen and operationalization of the national system of cyber security by training and the professional development continues and conduct the research in cyber security. Lauri Almann talked about the value of science and technology of laboratory, the benefit for moldavian society which brings it and about the potential which will be developed in this laboratory.
Project II. Creating a type of institutions as CERT of the Defense Ministry.
In the presentation of this project, Gheorghe Galbura, Vice Minister of Defense stressed the importance of cyber security and the risks to which institutions are subject in a society where technologies are developing at a quick step.
Ian Davies, who is the Main Researcher NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIAgency) talked about the new information technologies which presents a risk increasingly the security of any state, so that, It needs for developing methods to counteract those hazards. As well as the capabilities that it holds a CERT team and their meaning in a developed society.
Project III. “Moldovan National Plan for implementation of Resolution 1325 of UN Security Council ” Ewa Myszkowska from the Emerging Security Risks Division, NATO Headquarters noted that this project aims to assist the government and civil sector to create a national institutional strategies, who will implement Resolution 1325. Elena Mârzac emphasized the significance and importance of the project whereas within IPAP Moldova – NATO for the years 2014-2016 (Section I, paragraph 1.8 it stated that Moldova will take action to implement Security Council resolution 1325 of the UN on the role of women in peace and security and cooperate with NATO to deploy NATO’s policy in this area. This theme is relatively new and is considered as a need with many challenges. The first part of the event was concluded by a session of questions and answers.
The launching of the project was followed by the official inauguration of the Laboratory Technical University of Moldova, where was talked about the importance of the project by Valentin Amariei, TUM Vice-Rector; Viorica Sudacevschi, Head of Department of Computer, TUM; Michael Gaul, senior adviser on projects and strategies, Emerging Security Risks Division, NATO Headquarters; Lauri Almann, Co-founder of the laboratory BHC Company for cyber security, Estonia; Andrus Kivisaari laboratory BHC Company for cyber security, Estonia and Blaine Tyson, officer, information management, the US Embassy in Chisinau.