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Lithuania has opened a new National Cyber Security Centre in Vilnius under the authority of the Ministry of Defence that will be responsible for protecting the country’s cyber security and containing attacks.

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Cyber attack

During the first quarter of this year there were over 12,000 cyber incidents in Lithuania up 13% on last year.

The Seimas, the President's Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Armed Forces Joint Staff HQ have all been hit by attacks.

The centre will also help other Lithuanian institutions when they are under attack and specialists at the centre will make companies and institutions aware of attacks.

Lithuania’s defence Minister Juozas Olekas said the recent NATO summit highlighted how important cyber defence was in the changing security situation with cyber defence being recognized as a separate security area, along with the land, sea and air in NATO.