On 21 October 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in association with the Ministry of Defence held online consultations between the Baltic States and the United States of America on cyber security and the protection of critical infrastructure. The annual consultations brought together cyber security experts from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and the U.S.

The participants were in agreement that state-sponsored malicious activities in cyberspace were still giving serious cause for concern; therefore, the issues related to cyber security remain high on the international security policy agenda.

The consultation addressed last year’s developments concerning cyber security, and opinions were shared on various types of cyber-attacks: ransomware attacks, botnet incidents and 5G related challenges. Focus was also placed on the advancement of cyber security matters in international organisations – the United Nations, the OSCE, the EU and NATO.