On July 23, the OSAC Security Committee in Ukraine hosted a forum on cyber security at the Horizon Park Business Center. Taras Dumenko, Business Development Manager of Kreston GCG, attended the event. The forum’s agenda included digital security and sustainability issues. The format of the meeting made it possible to analyze the existing problems in the mode of multilateral dialogue, uniting the opinions of government representatives, security specialists, and business leaders.
The purpose of the forum is to provide participants with information on how to identify threats, protect critical business assets, and build a robust strategy to prevent attacks.
Serhii Demediuk, Head of the Cyber Police Department of the National Police of Ukraine, in his speech named three main tasks the authority is currently engaged in:
- Resistance to malware;
- Protection of personal data;
- Working with mining.
In addition, Demediuk told about malware attacks that have been neutralized over the past year, and assured that the cyber police are constantly monitoring risks and threats in an enhanced mode.
Referring to the problem of personal data protection, the Head of the structure said that his office does its utmost, but within the framework of the legislation in force, without harmonization with the European law on GDPR, the powers of the Cyber police are limited. Moreover, the information literacy of the population is still low, which adds the work to the responsible authorities.
Special attention was given to the mining, as it has recently become an incredibly big problem for business in Ukraine. According to the Head of the Cyber Police Department, there are three categories of statements about mining: fictitious reports to blackmail, obstruction of proper work in the context of unfair economic competition, and real cases of mining. During the discussion, representatives of cyber security provided practical advices and recommendations to minimize the risk of falling into the trap of pseudominers.
The activities of the Cyber Police Department that started ten years ago have proven to be effective. However, considering the challenging situation in the country, heavy workload and critical lack of resources, the effectiveness of its actions has not yet reached the expected level – there is still room for improvement. It is obvious that Ukraine’s information security system needs updating, adoption of necessary laws and standards, and simplification of the structure. We hope that in the near future the necessary measures will optimize the legislation and competent expansion of the powers of the Cyber Police Department, which will not affect human rights.