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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NUKIB on Cybersecurity


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NUKIB) jointly emphasize the growing importance of cybersecurity, diplomacy, and cooperation between state authorities to maintain stability and security in cyberspace.

"In order to strengthen our domestic resilience, it is also necessary to enhance cooperation and information exchange on cyber threats and incidents at the international level," notes Lukáš Kintr, Director of NUKIB. This commitment is based on several top strategic documents of Czechia.

Cybersecurity stands as a fundamental pillar of the modern world, where digital technologies have permeated all aspects of our lives. It is essential to ensure the protection of our society against cyber threats and attacks.

We believe that cyber diplomacy plays a crucial role in building trust between states and resolving international disputes in cyberspace. "Joint diplomacy and dialogue are necessary to reach agreements on rules, norms, and common practices in the field of cybersecurity, as evidenced by the recent publication of Czechia's national position on the application of public international law in cyberspace," said Jan Lipavský, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

These days also witnessed the Prague Cyber Security Conference 2024 under the auspices of NUKIB. This year's event was particularly significant as it marked the fifth anniversary of the Prague 5G Security Proposals adopted in 2019, representing a significant milestone in the global search for secure and trusted vendors for next-generation networks.

The agenda focused on global challenges and opportunities for collaboration based on shared democratic values and priorities. The discussion delved into the multi-stakeholder approach to cybersecurity and emerging and disruptive technologies in the context of national and international security.

"As the international environment changes, it is imperative that democratic states stand together. We must protect our values not only offline but also online. We also need to have a constructive dialogue about our positions with countries across all continents. Cyber diplomacy is one of the main pillars of our defense and security," Minister Lipavsky added to this year's program.

For these reasons, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský traveled to democratic partners in the Indo-Pacific region to discuss the current cybersecurity situation directly with them. The Indo-Pacific is one of the world's main drivers of technological and social growth and faces many of the same challenges as we do, especially from China. Specifically, he visited India, Australia, and Japan.

The growing importance of cybersecurity is confirmed by the establishment of the post of Cyber Attaché for the Indo-Pacific region in Australia, held by Veronika Kolek Netolická on behalf of NUKIB.

"Czech diplomacy must be able to face cyber challenges and thus fulfill its security role. For these reasons, even after the transformation, the cybersecurity agenda remains among the priority tasks that will continue to be addressed by the Security and Multilateral Section. Diplomacy is tasked with defending us," Minister Lipavsky further commented on the changes at the Ministry.

With this joint statement, we affirm our interest in protecting cyberspace, supporting cyber diplomacy, and the importance of cooperation across government. We stand ready to work together to achieve common goals and create a safer and more resilient environment for Czechia.