Government launches international cyber strategy

Press Release



27 September 2017


Government launches   international cyber strategy

‘Over a very short space of time, the internet   has altered the global landscape of which Norway is a part. We are seeing a   sharp increase in digital security challenges and vulnerabilities. Norway’s   economy and security are dependent on a well-functioning global internet and   robust digital infrastructure,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge   Brende.

Norway’s first   international cyber strategy was launched in Oslo at the annual dialogue   meeting on international cyber issues between the US and the Nordic and   Baltic countries. The strategy sets out Norway’s governing principles and   strategic priorities relating to the whole spectrum of international cyber   policy issues: cyber security, innovation and the economy, international   cooperation to combat cybercrime, security policy, global governance of the   internet, development and human rights.  

‘This international cyber strategy is an important   first step towards better national coordination in this area, which is   crucial for improving our ability to protect Norwegian society and promote   our values and interests in the future. The sustainability of the global internet is dependent on a proper   balance between openness, security, robustness and freedom. It is therefore   important to develop good framework conditions for the future development and   use of cyberspace,’ Mr Brende said.

The Government’s international cyber policy is designed to serve   Norwegian interests by promoting good, predictable framework conditions and   helping to prevent and protect against threats and challenges in cyberspace.   We will work in cooperation with other countries and international   organisations and with partners from the research community, the business   sector and civil society. 
  ‘Stronger national coordination will improve the effectiveness of our cyber   policy and help boost Norway’s international reputation in this field,’ said   Minister of Justice and Public Security Per-Willy Amundsen. Cyber threats   tend to be transnational, cutting across countries, sectors and activities.   Closer public-private, civilian-military and international cooperation is   essential, and this is reflected in the Government’s policy, as set out in   the recent white paper on ICT security (Meld. St. (2016-2017), in Norwegian   only).

The Government also announced today that Norway will seek to become a   member of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE),   which is based in Tallinn, Estonia.

‘As part of our international cyber policy, Norway will seek to join   the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Norway will thus be   able to take part in international cooperation between allies and close   partners who are promoting research and development relating to digital   opportunities and challenges, including working towards a clearer   understanding of how international law applies in cyberspace. The aim is for   Norway to be represented at the Centre of Excellence in Tallinn by the end of   2018,’ said Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide. 


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