Danish gov't works on new strategy to increase digital security: minister

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COPENHAGEN, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Danish Minister of Defense Trine Bramsen said Thursday the government initiated works on a new national strategy to increase digital security and tackle the cyber threat.

"We want to increase the costs for those who attack Denmark and our allies in cyberspace," the minister said.

According to the statement, the new strategy is an extension of the current national strategy for cyber and information security in Denmark.

In the new strategy, cyber and information security must be a management issue in both companies and authorities while Denmark must participate actively in international cooperation and contribute to creating an open, secure, and credible Internet, and protecting the socially important digital infrastructures.

"The cyber threat against Denmark is very high... With the new strategy, we will ensure a continued robust Danish cyber defense, while at the same time strengthening international cooperation in e.g. EU and NATO," said Bramsen.

The emphasis on digital security comes in the aftermath of widely reported "secret collaborations" between the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (FE) and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

According to DR, Denmark's public-service radio and television broadcasting company, the FE had for years given the NSA access to raw data from Danish cables.

Danish Intelligence Oversight Board last month highlighted in a report to the Defense Ministry a series of offenses in the FE, which have led to the investigation into the intelligent service.

Five current and former FE employees have been relieved of duty since then, including the chief Lars Findsen and the former chief Thomas Ahrenkiel. Enditem

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