As the national infrastructure and the private companies operating in Sweden were being targeted on a constant note with cyber attacks, the government of Nordic nation has planned to establish a National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) soon.
The NCSC will be in lines with the cyber arm of UK’s GCHQ and will be managed by the Swedish Armed Forces (SAF) and the National Defence Radio Establishment, aka Signals Intelligence (Signit) branch of the SAF.
Sweden’s counterterrorism and counter espionage unit SAPO will also coordinate with NCSC to identify, prevent, and deal with the risks associated with the cyber threats that target critical IT infrastructure.
A fund allocation of SEK440m have been allotted to meet the costs of the NCSC establishment and operations between 2021 and 2025.
Such initiatives often help nations prevent any raising disturbances related to economic competitiveness and prosperity in this digital age, said Peter Hultqvist, defense ministry, Sweden.
Mr. Peter added that as the usage of technology and digitization are increasing, there is a visible proportionate rise in threats and vulnerabilities. Thus, the National Cyber Security Center is said to provide a security tier for IT networks preventing cyber crooks from disrupting networks and indulging in data thefts.
The newly established cyber agency will also help private and public entities in exchanging info and experience related to threats and countermeasures to tackle them.
Dan Eliasson, the Director General of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, has confirmed the news of NCSC establishment underway.