2024-01-08

Municipalities play a crucial role in strengthening Swedish cyber defense

Sweden must take the cybersecurity threat seriously, as stated by Yegor Aushev, CEO of Ukrainian CyberUnit Technologies, and Peter Hellgren, CEO of Consid, in an article on the debate pages of Göteborgsposten. Cyber defense needs to be an integral part of both civil and overall defense.

Yegor Aushev, a driving force behind Ukraine's cybersecurity and CEO of Cyber Unit Technologies, talking at a seminar in Almedalen
Yegor Aushev, a driving force behind Ukraine's cybersecurity and CEO of Cyber Unit Technologies, talking at a seminar in Almedalen

Since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, Ukraine has made significant investments in educating its population in cyber and information security. In this context, the contributors in GP argue that Sweden has much to learn.

“The conflict in Ukraine has provided valuable insights into digital warfare. Despite Russia’s persistent, intense, and frequent attacks, the superpower has failed to compromise Ukraine’s crucial digital infrastructure. This resilience has enabled Ukraine to resist on the battlefield, dominate the information war, and, most importantly, boost the morale of its citizens.”

Hacker groups associated with Russia have recently launched major attacks against countries they perceive as enemies. In the fall, the NoName057 group conducted a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on several Finnish websites. Simultaneously, Swedish IP addresses may have been used in attacks against Ukraine. Sweden is inadequately prepared in terms of cybersecurity.

“In a scenario where an attack occurs against Sweden in the 2020s, we can no longer rely solely on the air force, navy, or army. An attack will unfold on multiple dimensions, with the digital dimension being the most crucial in undermining civilian defense willingness. In today’s digital society, we are vulnerable when essential systems are compromised. ‘Keep calm and carry on’ is only effective as long as we have access to what we consider basic amenities: heating, water, electricity, internet. More likely, or rather a reality, is that the attacks will occur before a military invasion,” the contributors write, noting that municipalities play a central role in reinforcing Swedish cybersecurity.

Through hackathons and education, Ukraine has built the most cyber intrusion-resistant population globally. With a large-scale cyber war in Sweden’s immediate vicinity, there are plenty of lessons and conclusions to draw.

Read the entire op-ed here.


Consid in Svenska dagbladet op-ed: "Learn from Ukraine – Strengthen our Cyber Defense."

In an op-ed in Svenska dagbladet, Yegor Ashev and Peter Hellgren argues that Sweden needs to learn from Ukraine and strengthen its cyber defence.
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The cyber war is already at our doorstep

Yegor Aushev, the Chief of Civilian Cyber Defense in Ukraine, has been granted permission to depart from Kyiv in order to participate in Almedalsveckan as an esteemed guest of Consid. During the seminar titled "Cyberwar Against an Aggressor: The Case of Ukraine," he will engage in a dialogue with Björn Fägersten, a Security Policy Expert at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, to discuss the intricacies of cyber warfare and the successful establishment of a secure digital environment.
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