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Сonference in Brussels “Emerging High-Tech Cyber & Hybrid Threats: Building Europe at Peace & Harmony”
25 October 2021 17:18

On October 25, 2021 the Embassy of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Belgium and Beyond the Horizon ISSG hold a conference in Brussels dedicated to the “Emerging High-Tech Cyber & Hybrid Threats: Building Europe at Peace & Harmony”.

Yehor Pyvovarov, Chargé d’affaires of Ukraine in Belgium made keynote remarks regarding cyber attacks as a new method of warfare. As in 2014-2020 Ukraine has faced an unprecedented number of cyber attacks, more than any European state for the last decade. He also mentioned the Presidential Decree that approves Ukraine’s National Cybersecurity Strategy, which aims to improve the resistance to the emerging hybrid threats from Russia.

Fatih Yilmaz, Director on Partnership & projects at the “Beyond the horizon” rose the importance of detecting the hybrid threats actors which are using military, diplomatic, technological warfare. Ukraine is the most effective country in Europe in detecting and countering cyber threats.

Dr. Nad’a Kovalčíková, Senior analyst from EU Institute for security studies presented the functioning of the rapid alarm system between NATO, EU and G7 member states. On her opinion, Ukraine gives a good example of digital literacy of the society despite the Russian hostilities.

Hasan Suzen, President & CEO of the “Beyond the horizon” made a presentation on “Decoding Russian playbook” focusing specifically on shaping phase and intervention phase of Russian hybrid intelligence services.

Jukka Savolainen, COI Director at the European Centre of excellence for countering hybrid threats presented the facts of the direct menace from Russia and China to all the Western democracies.

Anatolii Marushchak, Professor at the National academy of the Security Service of Ukraine made a presentation on how Ukraine can develop a counter disinformation system utilising cybersecurity approach based on the legislation on the cybersecurity strategy of Ukraine.

Yegor Aushev, CEO at Cyber Unit Technologies and Cyber school made a Ukrainian case study analysis of the Russian cybernetic occupation of Crimea. He also gave an example how with bitcoins hackers bypass the financial sanctions applied against Russia.

Tanel Tang, Policy officer at the European Commission underlined the importance of Ukraine’s integration into European cyber security system, as Ukraine aligns with EU digital legislation. He welcomed the positive reforms in Ukraine, especially in the digitalisation sphere. Also, Mr. Tang highly appreciated the impact of the EU-Ukraine cyber exercises that happen twice a year.

 

Alice Stollmeyer, Founder & Executive Director at Defend Democracy gave a retrospective of Russian hybrid warfare in Ukraine and other democratic countries, mentioning Russian trolls factories, interference of Russia into Brexit voting, the referendum in the Netherlands, many cases of cyber attacks on Ukraine. On her opinion, nowadays not only soldiers are involved into the war, but also the civil society is engaged as well. National security policy making must be a part of collective countermeasures.

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