The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov stated that before the presidential election, Ukraine would hold exercises to prevent cyber threats from the Russia.
According to data available to the National Security and Defense Council, Russia intends to “use its entire existing arsenal, including cybernetic tools to influence the democratic will of the Ukrainian people.” During the exercises, conducted with the support of the European Union, “various cyber-intervention scenarios and response for cyber threats will be practiced,” said Turchynov.
According to the NSDC Secretary, experts from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), and the State Service of Special Communication and information Protection will organize round-the-clock monitoring “aimed at identifying, preventing and suppressing any unauthorized actions targeting information resources of the Central Election Commission”.
The presidential election campaign in Ukraine began on December 31, 2018. The Presidential are scheduled for March 31, 2019. If on this day none of the candidates has more than 50 percent of the votes, the second round of voting will commence on April 21. In this case, the official results are expected to be announced before May 1st inclusive, and the inauguration of the head of state will be held up to May 31st.