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Information System Authority to test, improve officials' cyber awareness

An RIA report on cyber incidents registered in 2016, including malware- and ransomware-related incidents.
An RIA report on cyber incidents registered in 2016, including malware- and ransomware-related incidents. Source: (ERR)

This week, the Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) will forward to state institutions a digital learning environment which can be used to test and improve state officials' virtual knowledge.

In the digital test, which was created in cooperation with IT firm Cybexer Technologies, people will face real-life situations and real events to improve their knowledge and cyber behavior using easy and playful tests, RIA spokespeople said.

According to Toomas Vaks, head of RIA's cyber security field, it is important that information systems critical for the functioning of the state be secure and that public officials have the necessary knowledge.

"The basis for security is the knowing behavior of information system users which which considers risks," said Vaks. "Using the three-part e-environment, we can test the knowledge of public officials and improve it, if necessary. In addition, we will provide feedback about test results to employees as well as institutions."

Janek Grindin, a member of the board of Cybexer Technologies which created the test, said that the recent global wave of ransomware attacks proves how important daily cyber hygiene is.

"Ransomware targets regular people to attack vital systems through their seemingly trivial mistakes," Grindin explained. "Therefore a person's weak password, the downloading of an unrecognized file or thoughtless actions can impact the lives of many people. RIA's decision to adopt the Cybexer platform in state institutions to imrpove the cyber hygiene of thousands of officials preparing for Estonia's presidency of the EU is a great acknowledgement of us."

While the learning environment will initially be used by state institutions, RIA's hope is that the environment can be accessed at schools in the future as well in order to improve the behavioral habits of young people on the internet.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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