President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has approved an information security doctrine, whose main goal is "opposition to Russian influence." The new doctrine was reported via the website of the Ukrainian president's administration.
"The need for the doctrine is due to the occurrence of actual threats in the sphere of information to the national security of Ukraine, and the need to develop strategies to protect against cyber attacks during the free and globalized circulation of information," states the document.
The purpose of the doctrine is to clarify the principles of formation and implementation of state information policy, especially to counter the "destructive informational influence of the Russian Federation through the conditions of hybrid war that they have unleashed."
Within the framework of implementation of the document’s regulations, there will be a series of actions held in Ukraine to ensure the development of a secure national telecommunications network, protect state information resources, and strengthen the capacity of the agencies involved in safety and defense in cyberspace.
Under the terms of the doctrine, the Ministry of Information Policy will be responsible for monitoring publications in the media and on the Internet to identify information whose dissemination is prohibited in Ukraine. Also, the Ministry will be tasked with determining national information policy priorities and monitoring their implementation.
Responsibilities for a number of additional tasks were delegated to various other ministries of Ukraine, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the Security Service, the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection, intelligence agencies and the National Institute for Strategic Studies.