“Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine confirmed the civilizational choice of its citizens. By removal of oligarchic kleptocratic regime which was supported by Kremlin and by claim to join the united Europe Ukrainians have sent a clear signal how they see the fate of their country.
Widespread use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in businesses and public administrations makes our societies vulnerable. As our critical infrastructures and military operations depend on modern technologies they need to be carefully protected.
The Internet and cyberspace more broadly has become vital to our society – economies, citizens' daily life and social interactions all depend on the flawless working of information and communication technology (ICT) systems. Given its importance, cyberspace also needs to be protected from incidents, malicious activities and misuse. The borderless nature of cyberspace implies that broad international collaboration is necessary in order to ensure safety and security within such an environment.
Both the European Union and NATO are increasingly active in protecting their cyber-space. In the last couple of years, the Alliance had integrated cyber defence into its planning processes and started providing support to its member states. It was also only recently that the European Union had come up with a new cyber-strategy and accompanying legislation - yet to be implemented by national governments. Why is the issue so urgent, what has already been done and what lies ahead of us: the Central European Policy Institute’s expert Jaroslav Naď explains.
The European Union adopted its cyber-security strategy just recently, but only those few in Central Europe to whom it directly meddles in their routine duties took note. Even those few examples of public discourse on this issue in the Visegrad region are limited to awareness-raising. The problem will not be solved, however, just by repeating how serious it is. We need a much more substantial discussion on what cyber-security really is and how to deal with it efficiently.
NATO had suffered its first publicised cyber-attacks in 1999, when hackers blocked access to the organisation’s websites and e-mail servers to protest the air strikes against Serbia. The alliance vowed to be better prepared next time, yet in 2007 it failed to prevent attackers from shutting down virtually all of Estonia’s internet-based services for several days. Even though the most powerful military organisation in the world had had eight years to prepare, it could do little to assist its member-state.
With the political and military uneasiness in Eastern Europe in mind, we continute publishing our reinvigorated Ukraine Watchand Russia Watch. These monthly digests of news and analysis provide insights on important issues affecting the countries. Read the lates issues of Ukraine Watch and Russia Watch and join hundreds of policymakers, diplomats, experts, business people, and academic researchers to stay informed!
We also launched our Information War Monitor for Central Europe - a monthly overview of conventional and social media discourse in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia that monitors propaganda and disinformation attempts, as well as democratic responses in the on-going information war, in order to increase awareness about this recently emerged challenge and promote fact-based discussion in Central Europe. Find the latest issue here.