Prime Minister Ratas: The new eastern border of Estonia is a specific example of the combined effect of technology and a new way of thinking

14.11.2017 | 15:34

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Tallinn, 14 November 2017 – "At a time when the challenges and threats to the security of Europe do not recognise national borders, the ability to think and act together is more important than ever. We also need cutting-edge information systems in order to fight against terrorism and organised crime and to protect external borders of the European Union", said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas in his welcoming speech at the Security Research, Innovation and Education Event (SRIEE) that took place in Tallinn today. 

“Estonia is currently developing its eastern border and our goal is to make it one of the most modern borders in Europe. That means more than just using innovative technological solutions – we also need to change our way of thinking. For a number of years our understanding was that a border needs to be guarded by people and the role of technology is to support them. However, the rapid development of computing, sensor technology, and drones enables us to build a border that is 100% technologically guarded,” Prime Minister Ratas said.

“We have developed our e-government in Estonia since the mid 90s and by now we can call ourselves experts in the field.  E-services have made our daily lives significantly easier and more efficient. Last year, we saved 2% of our GDP thanks to e-services. Estonians understand very well what developing and trying out innovative methods means. Therefore, I am very happy that this event focusing on security research, innovation, and education takes place here in Tallinn,” Ratas added.

“The threat of cyber attacks is the downside of a digital way of life. There is one cyber attack attempt per every second in Estonia and we have no reason to believe that this number will go down any time soon.  Therefore, we need to focus on developing cybersecurity in addition to e-services. People must be equally protected in both the physical and the cyberspace,” Ratas emphasised.

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