All cybersecurity agencies must now come together to deal effectively with current threats, stated Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov during a meeting of the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity (NCCC).
"For Russia today, the internal destabilization of our country is the number one issue, while cyberaggression is one of the key tools here," he stressed. "In order to effectively repel this aggression, the joint, systematic work of all state structures is critical."
According to Oleksiy Danilov, such aggressive actions in cyberspace may be aimed at "discrediting all achievements in the field of digital transformation of our state, and our main objective is to prevent that."
The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council also stressed the importance of coordinated communication with citizens and the international community by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection, the Security Service and the NCCC in combating cyberthreats.
Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov, who is a member of the National Security and Defense Council, added that it is vital to strengthen cybersecurity of basic state registers.
"For the first time, Ukraine responded to the cyberattack in a coordinated manner, and this was commended by our international partners. However, in the future, we need to strengthen not only the coordination of the bodies responsible for cybersecurity but to check the security of basic state registers as well. We have already agreed on a plan of rapid and strategic action on cybersecurity. A working group of leading specialists and experts in this field will work on the basis of the NCCC. It will ensure the implementation of this plan," Mykhailo Fedorov stressed.
It should be noted that a hacker attack was carried out on the websites of most government agencies last week. Some portals had to be shut down to prevent the threat from spreading. The Diia application has been running normally all along. The first results of a joint investigation by State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection, the Security Service and Cyberpol indicate that Russia is behind the cyberattack.
Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Serhii Demediuk presented the report on the work of the NCCC for 2021. According to him, last year the NCCC fulfilled 57 priority tasks. Among other things, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine adopted a new Cybersecurity Strategy of Ukraine and a decision to establish cybertroops in the system of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. In addition, according to Serhii Demediuk, in 2021, the NCCC held 14 seminars, trainings and cybercompetitions, which were attended by 1,365 specialists in the field of cybersecurity; for the first time, 25 Ukrainian specialists received a prestigious certification from the SANS Institute.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine stressed the "insufficient mastering" of the lessons of 2017 (NotPetya attack). Oleksii Danilov called on the participants of the meeting to more conscientiously implement the protocol decisions of the NCCC.
The NCCC meeting gathered together Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov, Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Lytvynenko, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin, Deputy Chairman of the Committee, head of the Subcommittee on Digital and Smart Infrastructure, Electronic Communications, Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Digital Transformation Oleksandr Fediienko.