Estonia supports cybersecurity initiatives in the Americas

The Estonian ministry of foreign affairs has allocated €100,000 to support cybersecurity initiatives of the Organisation of American States (OAS), an entity that brings together 35 countries in North and South America.

The money, which comes from the development cooperation and humanitarian aid fund, helps continue the collaboration between the OAS and Estonia in developing the cybersecurity of the American continents’ developing countries, according to the Estonian foreign minister, Jürgen Ligi.

“The aim of the cooperation is to introduce Estonian cybersecurity and e-governance experiences in the region and to support Estonia’s image as an e-state,” Ligi said in a statement.

The OAS is the world’s oldest regional organisation, dating back to 1889. The organisation was established in order to achieve among its member states “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence”.

Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent countries of the Americas.

Estonia has in recent years emerged as one of the leading nations in cybersecurity sphere. In 2015, the global cybersecurity index of the International Telecommunication Union ranked Estonia fifth in the world.


Cover image is illustrative (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

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