Minister of IT: Security of Estonian communications networks must be ensured

  • 2020-05-25
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The security of communications networks is becoming increasingly important in the context of national security, according to Estonian Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Raul Siem.

At a meeting held on Monday, Siem and Ricky Chen, head of Huawei in the Baltic region, along with other Huawei representatives discussed the security of Huawei devices as well as the regulation of the security of communications networks currently in the pipeline, spokespeople for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications said.

"Estonia is an advanced digital state and our dependence on ICT is very high. Communications networks are the foundation of our digital state enabling for our information society to persist and develop," Siem said in a press release.

The Estonian parliament in mid-May passed an bill amending the Electronic Communications Act whereby the government was granted the right to establish a procedure for communications network security. The corresponding draft regulation is currently being developed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and will be sent for a round of public consultations in the near future. 

Member states of the European Union have agreed to pay greater attention to the security of communications networks.

"National security today largely depends on communications companies' business interests. We want for legislation to enable giving greater consideration to the security of digital society and to national security interests more broadly. It is important that Estonia's information society be secure and that people should be able to trust the digital environment," Siem said.

The draft regulation seeking to amend regulation of the security of communications networks concerns electronic communications undertakings that provide vital services. The procedure to be established with the regulation will be universal and not limited to 5G technology.