Pavlo Krivenko, Head of the Information and Cybersecurity Section of the Central Scientific and Cultural Center, participated in the annual Security Conference "Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Ukraine".
13 May 2019 in the Premier Palace Hotel (Nezalezhnosti Avenue, 2, Kharkiv) hosted the event at which the conference participants discussed cyber threats in Ukraine and abroad, how to identify them in a timely manner and what tools can effectively counteract cyberattacks. Its organizers were the largest American non-governmental analytical center in the field of international relations, the Atlantic Council of the United States (Atlantic Council) and the company Burisma Group.
Participation in the panel discussion was taken by international politicians and leading European experts: Alexander Kwasniewski (President of Poland (1995-2005)), Kenneth Gears (cyber analyst, Senior Researcher at Scowcroft Strategy and Security Center at the Atlantic Council of the United States) Alina Polyakova (Doctor, Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution) Irenaeus White (Secretary General of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, Director of the Alexander Kwasniewski Foundation "Amicus Europae"). Moderator made John Herbst (5 United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine, Director of the Eurasian Center under the Atlantic Council of the United States).
He also attended the conference Joseph Coffer Black (ex-head of the CIA Anti-Terrorist Center (1999-2002), the US State Department's Special Envoy for Terrorism (2002-2004) Special Envoy for Terrorism, an expert on cyber security, national security and international affairs).
Opening the event, Alexander Kwasniewski emphasized the importance of the topic of security and the need for cooperation at the global level to strengthen it. Today the attention of the international community is attracted to Ukraine, a foreign policy card is played out, therefore it is very important to preserve its own interests and its own values.
"Some European countries already have experience in implementing Russian attacks on political processes and economics. Therefore, Russia is perceived as a state with an aggressive policy of interference in internal processes. Russia will use targeted attacks on important democratic institutions in Europe and Ukraine that are at the forefront of defending democratic values. We must work out general rules of protection against cyber attacks in a single European space, "he said.
According to Alina Polyakova, cyberwar is no longer the future, but the reality with which to work at the state level today. "We must predict the risks and consequences of cyber attacks from the state and private individuals," she said.
Over the past five years, Russia has been conducting a hybrid war in Ukraine, using its as a field for operations ranging from disinformation campaigns to cyberattacks targeting the power grid and other important critical infrastructure objects, as well as continuing its military presence in eastern Ukraine . Information and cybercrime can not be limited by the geographical boundaries of an individual country, so they require effective transatlantic responses.
Given that technological development is ahead of the development of security measures, global and local cyber-risk will increase. This jeopardizes democratic values and the gains of civil society. Russia's cyber-operations caused international concern because of the nature of online disinformation, cyber security and the role of technology in democratic discourse.