European Union Gears up for New Cyber-Response Force

According to the Lithuanian government, the EU member states that now they have agreed to develop a new cyber-response force which is designed for combating the future attacks.

While an intention of the declaration is proposed by the Baltic state at a conference of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg was recently signed by five other countries including Romania, Estonia, Croatia, the Netherlands and also Spain. Four others are planned to be ready to sign by the end of this year.

The force could consist of investigation experts and some others from the security institutions of participating countries, which is rotating twice a year.

Raimundas Karoblis, a national defense minister, said that in reality it would look like it and each of the participants would need to have a standing cybersecurity unit which could automatically join the investigation and neutralization in the virtual or even in physical reality particularly in the event of a significant cyber-incident.

However, the EU countries have not had that good opportunity to deal with the cyber-incidents together so far, and for now, attacks are even not limited by the country borders. Now, Lithuania has been taken up the role of leadership in the suggesting first practical solution only to increase the collective defense in the cyberspace and also in the countering threats in a new or latest dimension.

Some figures from the Lithuanian National Cyber Security Center seemingly revealed a growth in the cyber-attacks of almost 10% annually.

Alongside some of the countries on the list was already signed up by the EU Countries, now the Finland and France are becoming the participants of the project while the Belgium, Greece, Germany, and Slovenia are fetching the observers.

The very first joint exercise is estimated to take place later this year in Lithuania.

There is no mention about the UK which is not even surprising given its decision to leave the EU. Though, the British security experts will be worried about the growing isolation of the country which could leave it to the more exposed of the online threats.

That the UK would no longer be receiving high-quality information or data from the pan-regional law enforcement agency, said by Europol boss Rob Wainright.

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