Fears that Russia could steal top secret government documents led Ukrainian authorities to explore the possibility of moving their data and servers to another country, report Reuters. While the original plan remained to protect the country’s IT infrastructure, moving the most sensitive data to another location is a viable Plan B, said Victor Zhora, vice president of security. information of Ukraine – told the news service.
Ukraine has faced many active cyber attacks from neighboring country, including last month infiltrate its energy and military networks. Russia also tried intervention with Ukraine’s 2014 presidential election and regularly launching attacks on Ukraine’s power grid, resulting in power cut lasts many days.
The Ukrainian government took precautionary action migrate their computer systems in Kyiv in 2014, after Russia occupied Crimea. Ukrainian cyber groups have developed a plan to disable infrastructure and transfer backups if their network is compromised, Zhora said. told Politico.
However, the fact that Ukraine’s most sensitive data is concentrated in Kyiv will cause problems if Russian troops occupy the capital. At the time of publication, the Russian military is currently besieging Kyiv and experts estimate they may attack city within days. Ukraine has moved some sensitive data and servers to remote areas, out of reach of Russia.
Ukraine has not released details on where it can attempt to relocate its sensitive government data, but transferring this data to an allied country could bring more than a physical distance from the Russian military. . Reuters reports that cyberattacks on said data, stored within the borders of an allied country, could trigger NATO collective defense clauserequires all member states to respond if one is attacked.
For now, the Ukrainian Parliament still has to issue a seal of approval before sensitive national data can be transferred.
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