Cyber incidents in Ukraine: Fedorov on cyber threats and cybersecurity
On February 7 and 8, the previously announced Kyiv International Cybersecurity Forum 2024 took place in the capital, which was dedicated to security issues in cyberspace. Not only Ukrainian officials, but also representatives of the US State Department, NATO countries and the EU took part in the event.
Cybersecurity: current challenges
The importance of the development of cyberspace for Ukraine
Mikhail Fedorov, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, emphasized that Our country needs to actively develop in cyberspace. During the meeting with American colleagues, issues of cooperation in the field of cybersecurity were discussed.
Threats in cyberspace and the defense of Ukraine
Fedorov recalled that a full-scale Russian invasion in 2022 year began precisely in cyberspace, aimed specifically at government agencies. To date, more than 5 thousand cyber incidents have already been registered in Ukraine.
“The enemy continues to improve its attacks not only on the public sector, but also on private companies. Russia includes specialized disciplines in its universities that are aimed at attacking certain areas of Ukraine. Thus, the enemy is constantly looking for ways to strike in cyberspace,” said Mikhail Fedorov.
He also emphasized that thanks to increased cyber resilience, “the digital state was able to survive.”
Cooperation between Ukraine and the United States
Mikhail Fedorov met with the US Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace Affairs Nathaniel Fick and the head of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency ( CISA) Jen Easterly. During the meeting, issues of the reliability of Ukrainian digital infrastructure, including telecommunications, were discussed. Ukraine's short-term and long-term cyber defense needs were also expressed.
The Minister noted that the Tallinn Mechanism was launched in December 2023, which is an instrument for cooperation between 11 countries in cyberspace. In addition, the Ukraine Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UA) is always in active communication with American partners and regularly exchanges information on cyber threats. The US Agency for International Development is helping Ukraine improve cybersecurity by providing necessary equipment and software.
Ukrainian-Estonian cooperation in the field of cybersecurity
The State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine separately announced increased cooperation with Estonian cybersecurity specialists. At the meeting, prospects for expanding interaction between CERT-UA and the Estonian similar division CERT-EE were discussed. The main goal is to ensure effective and prompt bilateral exchange of information about cyber threats, the results of research into cyber attacks, vulnerabilities in the protection of information systems, as well as the exchange of experience in responding to the actions of Russian hackers.
- Mikhail Fedorov - Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine;
- The US State Department is the main executive agency of the American federal government responsible for foreign affairs;
- NATO - National Radio Organization;
- EU - European Union;
- CISA - US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency;
- CERT-UA - Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine;
- CERT-EE - Estonian Computer Security Agency;
- Mikhail Fedorov on the development of cyberspace in Ukraine
- Mikhail Fedorov on cooperation in the field of cybersecurity
- Cooperation between Ukraine and Estonia on cybersecurity