President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took part in the presentation of the UA30 Cybercenter established on the basis of the State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine to protect state information resources, critical information infrastructure and Ukrainian cyberspace in general.
The President got himself acquainted with the work of the Government Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine (CERT-UA), which is deployed in the Cybercenter.
According to Head of the State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine Yuriy Shchyhol, this is the only team in Ukraine that is a member of the International Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST). CERT-UA works with more than 500 similar response teams around the world to investigate cyber incidents and share information about cyber threats with public and private sector professionals.
The main functions of CERT-UA are response to cyber incidents and research of digital data, informing about cyber threats and vulnerabilities, research of malicious software, exchange of data on cyber incidents. CERT-UA detects and responds to such incidents throughout the country.
Deputy Head of the State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine Viktor Zhora demonstrated how the government team prevents cyberattacks on e-mails of civil servants.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also visited the cyber training center designed to work out real scenarios of cyber attacks in the learning environment - "sandbox" - and gain practical skills and abilities needed to respond to cyber threats in modern conditions. In the presence of the Head of State, the specialists worked out a scenario of a cyber attack on the technological system of the wind power plant.
The President thanked all the specialists involved in the creation of the UA30 Cybercenter.
"These are contemporary professional young people. In general, this is an example of the fact that Ukraine is changing not just in words. This is the first such center in Ukraine, and it is a great start. We will continue," the Head of State said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that an educational institution for training cybersecurity specialists would be established in Ukraine.
"We have big plans as regards training of such specialists. In addition to the center, we are preparing to open a university to train specialists in the field of cybersecurity. We will present it soon. Ukraine should raise such specialists from the age of 15-16 so that they do not leave our country. Offer them a job, and they will provide us with a secure life," the President stressed.
Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov spoke about the goal - to make Ukraine one of the leading countries in terms of cyber security by 2030.
"Together with you, Mr. President, we are reforming IT education in our country. We want the potential that exists in our country to develop so that by 2030 we can realize it to the fullest. We want our country to be known in the world not only as a country with a reliable infrastructure, but also in terms of human capital and best specialists," said Mykhailo Fedorov.