Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine

Zolotukhin in Brussels: Cyberthreats Not to Be Taken out of Wider Security Context

On 25 June 2019, the Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Dmytro Zolotukhin, took part in a conference titled “Behind the Digital Curtain. Civil Society vs State Sponsored Cyber Attacks” in Brussels, Belgium.

In the course of discussing the legal and reputational risks related to cyberattacks, the Deputy Minister noted that the hybrid nature of modern threats makes it difficult to define them precisely in legal terms or refer them to a particular field. “Now, as well as in 2014, Ukraine sees a large number of fake reports about the mining of public places. It is clear that such situations cannot be considered cyberattacks, although all those reports are communicated via modern technologies—handsets, email, messengers, etc,” said Mr Zolotukhin.

He added that the said case shows that modern instruments that are used to derail the stability within states always intersect several fields and relate to a whole host of legal and reputational issues. Therefore, Mr Zolotukhin believes that cyberthreats should not be taken out of a wider context.

The speakers also discussed Russian influence operations directed at news media and individuals in cyberspace.

The conference was organised by Promote Ukraine, an NGO, and its partners in order to facilitate interaction between civil society members from Ukraine, Europe, and Russia in their fight against the Kremlin's cyber threat.

The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine and Promote Ukraine signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of developing information society in Ukraine and protecting the national information environment in August 2015.

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