National Cyber Security Centre was launched in Lithuania on 1 January. It was founded as a division of the Ministry of National Defence. The establishment of the centre was envisaged in the Law on Cyber Security and the amendments to related legislation.
Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence
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The law stipulates that the Ministry of National Defence has to formulate, coordinate and implement the organisation of the state cyber security policy. The newly founded centre will be responsible for carrying out this policy.

The centre will analyse cyber security environment, prepare requirements in order to guarantee cyber security of public sector information resources and infrastructure of high importance. It will also prepare cyber defence and threat management plans. It will coordinate and monitor how institutions implement cyber security measures, it will investigate and react to cyber incidents.

Based on global best practice, the centre provides for an establishment of information sharing platform that will help cyber security specialists promptly share information on emerging threats and cyber incidents, and coordinate actions responding to critical situations.

The National Cyber Security Centre will be created by reforming the Communications and Information Systems Service (RIST) under the Ministry of National Defence. The core of the new centre will be the specialists of the RIST cyber security division.

The centre's main partners in combating cyber threats will be the Communications Regulatory Authority, the Police Department and the State Data Protection Inspectorate.

The centre also intends to collaborate with NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and other international cyber security organisations.

The centre will not take over creation, administration and security functions of computer networks of public or private subjects. The responsibility to ensure the security of information and networks will continue to lie with their owners.

It is projected that EUR 960,000 will be needed for the activities of the Cyber Security Centre in 2015. Most of the funds will be used to acquire hardware and software. The centre will operate from the General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania. It will at first employ 10 specialists but the number will be later increased to 18. So far the head of the centre has not been appointed.

A number of cyber incidents in Lithuania exceeds 25,000 per year.

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