Cyber Defense experts from the California National Guard traveled to Kiev, Ukraine to conduct a Cyber Security Familiarization, Awareness and Workforce Development Seminar with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense Armed Services, 19 – 21 March 2013.
The workshop focused on a diverse area of topics to include, Proper Use of Official Email, Acceptable Computer Use, Password Guidelines, Protecting Sensitive and Classified Information Systems, Safeguarding Removable Media, Proper Use of Mobile Computing Devices, Social Media/Social Engineering/Phishing, Key Security Professionals, and Information Security Qualifications standards.
Participants from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense Armed Services were made up of both junior and mid-grade officers with experience levels in cyber security ranging from 1-15 years.
The intent of the workshop was to assist the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense Armed Forces in defining and implementing an organizational Security Familiarization and Awareness (SFA) Program within all levels of their Armed Services. In addition, the workshop aided the Ukrainians in defining the roles, responsibilities while identifying requirements to further develop a Cyber Security Workforce. The workshop was the second event of the EUCOM J6 and California National Guard military to military engagement in the area of cyber defense with Ukraine.
The final hours of the event were spent with the members of both parties participating in informal roundtable discussions, in which the staffs of the Ukraine Cyber Defence Cell were invited to ask any specific questions they had on cyber security.
The conversations ranged from anti-virus software solutions to the development of a network assessment teams. The leadership of the Ukrainian Armed Services in attendance expressed a genuine interest in developing of a Cyber Operations Center in the near future.
The results from the Security Familiarization and Awareness (SFA) workshop led all participants to the conclusion; “there was still much work to be done in the area of cyber security.”
EUCOM J6 and the California National Guard will continue to build upon the relationship it has established with the Ukrainian MOD Armed Services and work towards achieving our common goals in cyber security.
What’s next in 2014? Contingency Planning workshop, which will familiarize the Ukrainian MOD Armed Forces with the steps for defining and developing a seven-step contingency process to establish a viable contingency planning program for its critical IT systems.
I’ll keep you posted as things move along. If you have any questions or comments, contact the International Cyber Engagement (ICE) team.