Cyprus is taking the initiative to take the lead in the Eastern Mediterranean region for the cyber security of the European Union.
In fact, Cyprus acts as a bridge of communication between the Middle East and Europe in cybersecurity, according to Defence Minister Charalambos Petrides.
Petrides was addressing a seminar on Wednesday called “Course on the role of the EU Cyber Ecosystem in the Global Cyber Security Stability”.
This was co-organised by the Ministry of Defence Security and Defence Academy and the Digital Security Authority at the ZENON Search and Rescue Coordination Centre in Larnaca.
The seminar attracted a total of 52 participants from 11 countries.
Petrides also said cyberspace has emerged as the latest frontline, as the newest advances in digital technology bring enormous benefits and can also be weaponised.
Cyberspace, he added, can be at the same time safe and open and the opportunities of global connectivity outnumber its dangers by far.
It is estimated that, by 2030, the number of internet users is expected to reach five billion.