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Contacts, trust, and communication are key to cyber capabilities.

Moldova’s Cyber Security Center

April 2016, Number 07.02

“Today’s cyberspace poses innumerable risks to the security of private companies and public institutions, making them easy targets for cyber attacks by “hacktivist” groups, terrorist organizations or state-sponsored hackers. The days when an organization could withstand that onslaught alone have passed. A collective response based on information sharing can make organizations better prepared and more resilient to these emerging challenges.

Information sharing is voluntary in most cases and is based on a particular need or trust built over time. In some developed countries, legal initiatives have been implemented to encourage and sustain such activities, while reducing risks to the private sector with government as a trusted third party. That is an area where public-private partnerships take place.

In the Republic of Moldova, public-private partnerships don’t exist in the cyber domain. Therefore, information sharing typically occurs on an ad hoc basis. This informality severely affects the ability of business and governmental organizations to meet the challenges posed by cyber attacks...”

Excerpt from Natalia Spinu,“Moldova’s Cyber Security Center,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 7, No. 2, 2016: 40-43.

Natalia Spinu leads the Cyber Security Center of the Republic of Moldova. She has been department chief of Moldova’s Special Telecommunications Centre and project coordinator at the Centre of Information and Documentation on NATO. She is a 2012 graduate of the Marshall Center’s Program in Advanced Security Studies and has a master’s from the European Institute of the University of Geneva.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.