e-Governance Agency to empower cyber capabilities of Moldovan Armed Forces

  • 2023-03-27

The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Moldova and the Estonian e-Governance Academy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 27, 2023, to empower the cybersecurity capabilities and resilience of Moldovan Armed Forces within the European Peace Facility (EPF) assistance measure.

The EPF assistance measure will increase the ability of the Moldovan Armed Forces to detect intrusion into the information systems and to counter cyber-attacks. The cyber defense support package is in total 3 million euros.

„Moldova goes through a process of transition to a digital society, and cybersecurity has a significant influence on its stability and sovereignty. The EU’s European Peace Facility support helps to advance the hands-on skills of military cyber defense professionals and to keep Moldova stronger. This MOU is an enabler to accelerate the implementation of project activities, “ said Sergiu Plop, State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Moldova.

The activities covered by the MOU include cyber defense training and exercises and delivery of cybersecurity equipment for the Moldovan Armed Forces.

„The e-Governance Academy team has been collaborating with the Government of Moldova for almost 20 years to support its digital development. Over the last year, our focus has been on enhancing the cybersecurity capacities and resilience of Moldova. The current support of the Moldovan Armed Forces adds a new important layer to this. We are eager to enhance the Moldovan cyber defense capabilities in line with the EU best practice,“ said Hannes Astok, the Executive Director of the e-Governance Academy.

The EU’s European Peace Facility (EPF) assistance measures enable capacity building of military actors, and provides training, equipment, and infrastructure for security purposes.

The e-Governance Academy (eGA), www.ega.ee, is a centre of excellence in Estonia founded in 2002 to increase the prosperity and openness of societies through digital transformation. Over the last 20 years, eGA has collaborated with more than 280 organizations and 141 countries on digital innovations worldwide.