The Romanian Minister for Information Society Sorin Grindeanu told a Regional Cybersecurity Summit in Bucharest on Monday that cyber security and confidence in public services are a priority for the Romanian government.
Agerpres, the Romanian National News Agency, reports that Mr Grindeanu said:
“Cybersecurity and trust in public services are a national priority for the Romanian Government. (…) Romania is advocating the passage of a new legislative framework for personal data protection, which requires not just the consolidation and detailing of the right of the persons in question, but also the obligations incumbent on those who process personal data.”
The minister added:
“Citizens’ trust in online services can be consolidated by ensuring a high degree of cybersecurity, and also by improved transparency and efficiency.”
Romanian cyber crime
Romania is one of the least cyber secure countries in the EU. More than 78 million cyber alerts were registered in Romania last year according to the minister’s 2014 CERT-RO report presentation, and approximately 11,000 .ro domains were reported as compromised throughout 2014 – a 5% increase over 2013.
US Cyber Security Business Development Mission
There is also international interest in increasing Romania’s cyber defences: delegates from 20 US companies and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, led by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andres, are currently visiting Poland and Romania as part of a ‘Cyber Security Business Development Mission’, which aims to bolster eastern European defences in the face of Russian cyber attacks.
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