Improving Cyber Security Capacities in Latvia

Contract Nr: INEA/CEF/ICT/A2017/1528784
Call: 2017-LV-IA-0058

The Cybersecurity Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) is underpinned by the European Strategy for Cybersecurity: it provides an information sharing platform ("MeliCERTes") facilitating operational cooperation among Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), as well as funding for CSIRTs to effectively take part in its activities.

The Action's goal is to ensure compliance of the Latvian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT.LV – hosted by the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Latvia) with the NIS Directive.

The Action will increase the maturity level of CERT.LV, strengthen the capacities of its personnel, and carry out nationwide awareness-raising activities. Specifically the action will:

  • establish access points from CERT.LV to MeliCERTes
  • develop a Deep Analysis System to gather the data by scanning available resources for potential Indicators of Compromise (IoCs) or other relevant information
  • upgrade and operate the national level cyber security IT system strengthen
  • personnel capacities by attending relevant professional courses
  • carry out nationwide awareness-raising and international engagement activities

Project funding has been used for co-financing Cybersecurity conference "Cyberchess 2018". https://cert.lv/en/2018/09/cybersecurity-conference-cyberchess-2018".

Key achievements have been summed up in an infographic: https://cert.lv/en/2021/02/celebrating-successful-implementation-of-cef-funded-action

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Contract Nr: INEA/CEF/ICT/A2017/1528866
Call: CEF-TC-2017-2

CERT.LV is one of the 10 collaborative partners of the CyberExchange Project under the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union led by the CZ.NIC Association.

Project duration: November 2018 – November 2020.

Aim of the Project is to strengthen mutual cooperation of national and government CSIRTs/CERTs. The CyberExchange project reacts to the increasing threats in the cybersecurity area and the necessity of cross-border cooperation in the fight against them. At the same time, it aims to increase the staff expertise of the ten national and government security teams from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

During the CyberExchange project staff exchange will be implemented, during which the members of individual teams will exchange experience and strengthen their expertise. The project also focusses on supporting the implementation of software tools developed by an individual team so that it could be used by a wider security community and in the fight against cyber threats also in other countries. In that way the project shall supplement the MeliCERTes platform, which represents one of the so-called building blocks of cross-border digital service infrastructure.

On top of that, the project plans cooperation with the National Safer Internet Centres aimed at sharing of ideas and awareness raising materials on safe use of information technologies.

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