VAHTI-instructions

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VAHTI in brief

The Ministry of Finance is responsible for steering and reconciling the development of public sector, and particularly central government, information security in Finland. The Government Information Security Management Board (VAHTI), which has been established by the Ministry of Finance, is responsible for steering, developing and coordinating central government information security. VAHTI handles all significant central government information security policy and information security guidance matters. In its work, VAHTI supports the Government and the Ministry of Finance in decision-making and also in the preparation of decisions relating to central government information security.

VAHTI’s objective is, by developing information security, to improve the reliability, continuity, quality, risk management and contingency planning of central government functions and to promote information security so that it becomes an integral part of central government activity, steering and performance guidance.

VAHTI promotes the implementation of the Government Programme, the Decree on Information Security in Central Government (681/2010), the Security Strategy for Society, the Government IT Strategy, the Government Resolution on Security of Supply, the National Information Security Strategy, the Government Resolution on Enhancing Information Security in Central Government and other key policy outlines of the Government. On 26 November 2009, the Government made a Resolution on Enhancing Information Security in Central Government. The resolution emphasises VAHTI’s position and tasks as the key body responsible for the steering, development and coordination of central government information security. In accordance with the resolution, the administrative branches allocate resources for the development of information security and for cooperation coordinated within VAHTI.

VAHTI acts as the cooperation, preparation and coordination body of central government organisations responsible for the central government's development and steering of information security and data protection, and promotes the development of networked operating practices in public sector information security work.

VAHTI’s work has improved central government information security, and the effectiveness of its work is evident not only in central government but also in the business sector and internationally. The result is a very comprehensive set of general information security instructions (www.vm.fi/vahti and www.vahtiohje.fi). Led by the Ministry of Finance and VAHTI, a number of joint information security projects have been implemented with ministries and agencies as well as an extensive central government information security development programme.

For three years in succession, VAHTI has been recognised with an award for its exemplary work in improving Finland’s information security.

Updated: 8.6.2020