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Minister Rossen Jeliazkov: We reaffirm our active role in regional cyber security as host of a prestigious European forum in 2020

14.06.2019

With its active role as organizer of international initiatives, Bulgaria has won the privilege to host one of the most significant events for Europe in 2020 - the Regional Cyber ​​Security Forum. This was announced by the Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications Rossen Jeliazkov to the participants in the World Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the World Federation of Consuls held in Sofia. According to him, the upcoming event strengthens the image of our country as being strongly committed to building a sustainable cybernetic environment.

"Bulgaria is working to create a cybersecurity ecosystem and develop a holistic vision. This approach will foster trust between businesses and citizens and can cope with fragmentation between countries and regions, "the minister said.

Minister Rossen Jeliazkov predicts that by 2020 the number of connected devices will reach tens of billions. "Our goal is to encourage the use of digital services to overcome the digital divide. At the same time, cyber security is critical because modern systems can be seriously affected by incidents such as technical malfunctions and viruses, "he said.

Minister Jeliazkov reminded that the state has made significant investments in modern optical infrastructure. Over 7,000 km of backbone network is used by the state administration to provide secure and innovative electronic services. The goal is that by 2025 all schools, transport centers and major public service providers, as well as digitally-intensive businesses, will be able to use the Internet at a rate of one GB per second. In addition, all households should have access to networks that provide a speed of at least 100 Mbps. Main roads and railways must have continuous 5G wireless broadband coverage, starting with providing this service in at least one major city in any EU member state by 2020.

In front of the participants, Minister Rossen Jeliazkov presented the priorities in the transport infrastructure in Bulgaria. He stressed that our country works with neighboring countries in the implementation of a number of infrastructure projects, which is in line with the development of the Trans-European Transport Network.