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Lukashenko urges to be proactive in addressing information threats

President 19.04.2019 | 13:24

MINSK, 19 April (BelTA) – It is essential not only to promptly respond to information threats but also to be proactive in addressing them, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in his State of the Nation Address on 19 April, BelTA has learned.

According to the head of state, major threats to the state are now formed in the information space rather than on the battlefield.

Communication technologies are vigorously developing in Belarus. In 2018, the country was ranked 38th out of almost 200 countries in this regard. At the same time, this technological advancement creates new loopholes for criminal intervention, unauthorized acquisition and use of public and personal data. The number of revealed cybercrimes went up 1.5 times last year.

Response vectors of the state policy have been recently outlined in the information security concept. According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, resolute steps are needed to implement this concept, and this is the task for the State Secretariat of the Security Council, specialized ministries and agencies.

The president also spoke about the prevention of crimes and offences. “On the whole, our police, the State Security Committee and other agencies maintain public order and security at a decent level. Law enforcement bodies keep the situation under control. The number of grave crimes decreased by almost 25% in the past four years. People can live and work in security and without fear in any corner of Belarus,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

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