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Sweden’s security, competitiveness and prosperity rest largely on digital foundations. For the Government, it is important that the opportunities of digital transformation are harnessed while the risks are managed. On Wednesday 16 June, Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited the national cyber security centre to see how the new centre is taking shape.

Cyber threats to Sweden and Swedish interests are significant. With the rise of technological development and digital transformation, threats and vulnerabilities are increasing, requiring security to be strengthened.

In December 2020, the Government decided to instruct the National Defence Radio Establishment, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and the Swedish Security Service to establish a national cyber security centre.

The cyber security centre's mandate is to:

  • coordinate the work to prevent, detect and manage cyber attacks and other IT incidents;
  • provide advice and support on threats, vulnerabilities and risks;
  • be a national platform for cooperation and information exchange with private and public actors in the cyber security area.

By 2023, the centre will progressively develop in areas including:

  • Targeted and coordinated warnings about threats and cyber attacks.
  • Coordination of the support to preventive protective measures, for example cyber security assessments and mapping of operational preparedness in the event of IT incidents.
  • Exchange of knowledge, skills and information and cooperation with public and private actors, for example on detection, vulnerabilities, threats, risks, analysis, tools and methods, as well as international cooperation.
  • Provision of skills enhancement initiatives, for example exercises and training of identified target groups.
  • The overarching objective of the cyber security centre is to strengthen Sweden’s overall ability to prevent, detect and manage hostile cyber threats. Cooperation with private and public actors will be a central part of the mandate to strengthen cyber security in society.

“The national cyber security centre will make Sweden safer by increasing the overall ability to respond to cyber threats, reduce vulnerabilities and increase the ability to effectively support public and private actors,” says Mr Damberg.

“With the establishment of the national cyber security centre, an important step has been taken to strengthen the protection of Sweden and Swedish interests against hostile cyber threats. The cyber security centre has come a long way in a short period of time. The Government will cooperate closely with relevant government agencies on the centre’s continued development and work,” says Mr Hultqvist.

The cyber security centre is to regularly report to the Government on its activities, and in 2023 the Government will decide on its continued direction.