Cyber trainings to enhance Ukraine’s skills to respond to cyberattacks
The second wave of cybersecurity exercises conducted by eGA and CybExer Technologies took place in Kyiv on 20-22 September for the main Ukrainian public stakeholders in cybersecurity. Over 50 officials of Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection (SSSCIP), Security Service (SBU), Cyber Police, Ministry of Defence and National Bank (NBU) participated in the training simulation of countering cyberattacks.
Photo: Organisers of the training
The exercises were carried out within the framework of the EU-funded EU4DigitalUA project by the Estonian e-Governance Academy (eGA) in a simulation environment of CybExer Technologies OÜ, an Estonian company.
“Such exercises provide a unique opportunity to elaborate scenarios of countering cyberattacks under conditions close to reality and ensure the aligned work of teams, as well as enhance skills to respond to cyberincidents,” said Viktor Zhora, Deputy Head of SSSCIP.
Photo: Press briefing for journalist
Tanel Tang, a member of the EU’s Support Group for Ukraine, came to Kyiv to participate in the feedback session on 22 September. “Joint efforts are needed to strengthen the Ukrainian cyberspace and public authorities’ awareness of cybersecurity”, Mr Tang said. “Ukraine’s success in digital transformation depends on secure and reliable digital tools and connectivity. Engaging the best knowledge and experts of the European Union, we help prepare Ukrainian cybersecurity experts for new challenges,” said Tang.
The training participants were divided in blue and red teams. Blue teams, made up of key Ukrainian cybersecurity experts from state institutions, were engaged in cyber training conducted using a “live fire” method. The red team of organisers launched an intensive real-time attack against the virtual infrastructure of the blue teams. Every blue team had to assess the crisis and ensure the protection and efficiency of services and networks under cyberattacks.
Photo: Feedback seminar for participants
“Providing right training to IT and cybersecurity staff is more essential than ever. Taking a merely theoretical approach to education is not enough. We are glad to provide the Ukrainian government experts with new technological solutions from Estonia that enable sophisticated virtual environment training methods. Cybersecurity needs constant exercising to keep the country going,” said Merle Maigre, the exercise organiser from eGA.
Photo: Merle Maigre
The training event included a feedback session with leaders of key cybersecurity bodies who raised the issues of effective organisation of the response to cyberattacks. Special attention was paid to cooperation between the main Ukrainian actors in the field of cybersecurity.
Photo: Feedback seminar for executives
The EU4DigitalUA project is funded by the European Union with a budget of EUR 20.5 million. EU4DigitalUA is focused on the further development of digital government infrastructure, public e-services, cyber security and data protection. The project is jointly implemented in 2020—2024 by the Estonian e-Governance Academy (eGA) and the Spanish FIIAPP foundation.