The Kingdom of Norway, through the project "Norway for you - Serbia", supported the strengthening of information security of the Government of the Republic of Serbia with 1.2 million Euros, through the procurement of a platform for national cyber drills and improvement of the regulatory and strategic framework.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Miloš Cvetanović and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway Jørn Eugene Gjelstad visited today the classroom for organizing cyber security drills equipped through the project "Norway for you - Serbia", at the Republic Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services Ratel which houses National Center for Prevention of Security Risks in ICT Systems of the Republic of Serbia (National CERT).
"We thank the Kingdom of Norway for the support to the Republic of Serbia in socio-economic development, and especially in the field of information security. The platform that serves to hold cyber drills at the national level enables the real situation of different attack scenarios, will contribute to capacity building and training of officers in various state institutions," State Secretary Miloš Cvetanović said.
The procurement of a platform for cyber drills, for which the Kingdom of Norway set aside more than one million euros, created conditions for organizing national cyber drills, which contribute to strengthening the skills of members of the teams of centers for prevention of security risks of Serbian institutions. This form of education and exercise is the most important element of capacity building in the field of information security, and trainees go through different scenarios of possible cyber attacks.
"In the 21st century, endangering vital national IT systems can lead to serious political and socio-economic consequences, so prevention and training in the field of cyber security is highly important. That is why we support the Government of Serbia and its institutions to build capacities and strengthen the resilience to cyber threats," the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway Jørn Eugene Gjelstad said.
The platform enables the organization of the first national cybersecurity drills during 2021, which would include representatives of key state institutions dealing with information security.
"Thanks to the support of the Kingdom of Norway, Ratel received a platform for simulating the latest generation of cyber attacks - CyberBit, which is an exceptional concept with a large number of possible scenarios involving different cyber attack vectors. We believe that by holding training on this platform, we will significantly contribute to the readiness to respond to various challenges in cyberspace at the level of the Republic of Serbia," the Director of Ratel Dragan Pejović said.
Within the support to the regulatory and strategic framework in information security and development of recommendations for the critical information infrastructure (CII), the assessment of the information security ecosystem in the Republic of Serbia is underway in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications and other key stakeholders, but also the assessment of the legal framework and management of CII protection and response to cyber incidents and development of a methodology for CII identification.
"With the support of the Kingdom of Norway, we also provide support to the Ministry to strengthen national strategies and regulations in this area, which will strengthen the operational framework for responding to possible cyber threats," UNOPS Serbia Director Michela Telatin said.