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Azerbaijan taking all steps to minimize cyber threats: minister [UPDATE]

13 March 2019 [13:20] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Mirsaid Ibrahimzade

Within framework of “Cyber security week”, VI Regional Internet Governance Forum on “Cyber security: our shared responsibility” was held in Baku on March 13, Trend reports.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan and the United Nations Development Program.

The forum brought together local and foreign experts who discussed the current situation and upcoming challenges in the field of ensuring cyber security, secure Internet, innovative solutions in the field of cyber security and other issues.

Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan Ramin Guluzade stated that special attention is paid to cyber security and all steps are being taken to minimize cyber threats.

Guluzade also noted that new technologies are opening the way to new types of crime, the number of cybercrimes is increasing every year. Given this, Azerbaijan has prepared a cyber security strategy for 2019-2024.

Then, minister added that thanks to information technologies, the economy of Azerbaijan has risen to a new level, and relations between the state and citizens have become more transparent.

Thw ninister went on to say that information technologies and the internet play a special role in the development of the country. He also emphasized that today more than 80 percent of the country's population use the Internet, of which 76 percent use broadband Internet.

Touching upon the cooperation with the United Nations Development Program, the minister noted that the organization supports ICT programs implemented in Azerbaijan.

“These programs contribute to sustainable development in the country,” Guluzade said.

So, during the forum, Deputy Head of the United Nations Development Program, Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS Mirjana Egge stated that the UN Development Program highly appreciates the steps taken by Azerbaijan for the development of the ICT sphere and the full transition to the e-government system.

She noted that the Internet and information technologies are an important component of society.

"The Internet is, first of all, education. It is necessary to use it for the good," added Egge.

Speaking about the role of the regional forum, Egger noted that it will create new opportunities to explore the potential of Internet technologies and opportunities to avoid cyber threats.


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