Finland launches new initiatives against threats from cyberspace

  • Roman Šulc
  • 6.5.2017 13:55

Security portal DefenseNews informed on April 28 about proposed changes for the strengthening of Finland's national security and cyber-defense infrastructure. The initiative which lies in legislative changes and better funding for intelligence services takes place amidst Nordic intelligence agencies concerns about potential cyber attacks against their critical government, defence and national security IT systems, which stem mainly from Russian federation.

Under the planned reforms, Finland’s civilian intelligence service Suojelupoliisi (SUPO), will be able to collect and analyse technically based intelligence from network traffic in abroad and hack into encrypted messaging services to obtain contents of communication between persons conceived as a threat to national security. The intelligence gathering conducted by Finland's military intelligence via HUMINT, SIGINT, information systems and telecommunications should be also expanded by new powers. The other related step is the forthcoming creation of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats that should strengthen Finland's role in supporting the mutual cooperation between NATO and the European Union.

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