Ukraine has taken another step in deepening its ties with NATO, signing a formal agreement to join the Security Alliance’s Joint Center for Cyber Defense Advanced Technologies (CCDCOE).
CCDCOE serves as a cyber defense knowledge hub, research institute, and training and exercise facility that assists members with technology, threat sharing, and policy expertise. CCDCOE membership is not limited to NATO member countries.
Ukraine has submitted an application to join the Estonia-based center in August 2021. Last April, the Steering Committee’s 27 sponsoring countries unanimously approved Ukraine as a contributing participant to her CCDCOE. Get knowledge of some enemies.”
The language echoed both the cyberwarfare tactics Russia employed before and during its illegal invasion of Ukraine, as well as previous attacks on Ukraine’s power grid and other digital targets.
A new technical agreement, which must be signed by all member states of the Center, will formalize Ukraine’s participation in the Cyber Defense Group.
“Over the past year, we have already been actively cooperating with NATO’s Joint Center for Advanced Technologies for Cyber Defense,” Ukrainian National Special Forces Chief Yury Shtigol said in a statement.
In fact, Shchygol’s country has become a stronghold for countering Russian cyberattacks. Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UA) said last year alone he tracked 2,100 incidents and cyberattacks, more than 1,500 of which he said came after Russia’s all-out military invasion in February. bottom.
The Director General of CCDCOE and its Head of International Relations visited Ukraine in November 2022 to discuss experiences in countering Russian cyberattacks. “I hope that our cooperation will be strengthened only this year,” Shchygol added.
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Tom Kellermann, senior vice president of cyber strategy at software vendor Contrast Security, who has held several cyber posts in the US government, called the move “groundbreaking.” For one thing, Ukraine can use the center to share what it has learned from the Kremlin cyberattack.
“Ukraine has been under siege since January 13, 2022 by a coordinated and devastating Russian cyberattack, which has significantly enhanced NATO’s situational awareness per campaign of the elite Russian APT group, NATO can strengthen critical infrastructure from the burgeoning Russian cyber campaign,” he said. register.
It also represents a “dramatic change” in both U.S. and NATO doctrine related to aggressive cyber campaigns aimed at thwarting Russian attacks, Kellerman added.
“Since 2013, when General Gerasimov delivered his famous speech on the utility of hybrid warfare and cyberattacks, Russia has attacked Ukraine and NATO member countries with relative impunity from collective cyberattacks,” he said. Said. “Now Russia will have to defend.” ®