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US Boosts Slovenia’s Cyber Defence with $30M Equipment Donation

In a significant boost to its cybersecurity infrastructure, Slovenia has received a $30 million donation in cyber defence equipment from the United States. This move is aimed at strengthening the communication and information systems of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The equipment’s maintenance and professional support are assured for the upcoming three years. Additionally, the integration of this equipment has been complemented with essential training for the system operators.

A ceremonial event on November 10th, attended by Slovenian Defence Minister Marjan Šarec and US Ambassador Jamie Harpootlian, marked the handover of the critical hardware and software. These resources are set to enhance the operations of the MoD’s Security Operations Centre and the newly established Cyber Training Centre.

Šarec underlined the strategic importance of the Cyber Training Centre, unique to Slovenia, emphasizing its role in bolstering the defence system, national security, and vital infrastructure operations. This development signifies a new level of collaboration within the Western Balkan NATO partner countries’ regional framework.

Highlighting the significance of the US-Slovenia partnership in this domain, especially against the backdrop of increasing global cyber threats, Šarec acknowledged the timeliness of this project.

Ambassador Harpootlian affirmed that the US’s substantial equipment donation manifests the deep, long-term partnership with Slovenia. The introduction of the cutting-edge Cyber Training Centre and Security Operations Centre is key to enhancing Slovenia’s cyber resilience and its emerging role as a leader in cyber security on both regional and global stages.

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