Latvia Plans for National Cyber Security Center

Latvia in Europe, under the Ministry of Defence (MoD), has planned to establish a National Cyber Security Center by the Summer of 2022. The center would implement both the functions currently performed by the National Cyber Security Policy Coordination Division of the MoD and the planned functions arising from new EU legislation and initiatives.

The center's functions would be to develop cyber security policy nationally and through EU and NATO initiatives, international cooperation in the field of cyber security, providing recommendations on cyber security issues and penalties in case of non-compliance with implementing conditions after repeatedly being required to do so.

The center's functions will also include coordinating the establishment of information systems of public administration institutions, continuous evaluation of their cyber security, and monitoring the cyber security requirements of basic service providers and digital service providers. The center would also oversee electronic identification, cyber security certification, and trust service providers.

MoD has prepared a report on improving the state's cyber security governance for consideration by the government. The draft government decision allows the ministry to implement functions and responsibilities of the Latvian National Contact Point and the competent authority in cyber security matters. It has been decided that the government will have to decide on the establishment of the National Cyber Security Center from July 1st, 2022.