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Bulgaria is preparing for cyber defence

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The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence is currently working on both the national IT defence and NATO’s common cyber defence strategy

Information security has long been the subject of many discussions and efforts aimed at its provision and improvement. Only recently, however, has cyber defence come under the national and transnational spotlight as well. And this exactly was the topic that Angel Naydenov, Bulgaria’s Minister of Defence, touched upon at the official opening of the 12th International InfoSec and Data Storage Conference, which took place on 26 September in Sofia.

The event was organised by ICT Media and ISACA Sofia Chapter in a cooperation with the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Transport, IT and Communications, and the State Agency for National Security, as well as ESI Centre East Europe. The general sponsors of the forum were ACT Sofia/Check Point, HP, and Symantec, and the official partners were Aкat Technology, Atos, BMG/Escom Bulgaria, EMC, Intracom Bulgariа, Lirex.com, Novell Suse & NetIQ, Rittal, Stemo/NetApp, Telelink, and VIVACOM.

“The specific role and significance of information resources for each element of the society turns them into an object of attacks at all levels,” said Angel Naydenov. “My colleagues here at the conference and I have just commented that within the last year there were over 2000 cyber attacks against the members of NATO, according to the General Secretary of the Alliance. These threats differ by scale, goals and significance - from some ordinary malware to large-scale attacks aimed at paralyzing entire organisations and countries. Data destruction is no longer the main purpose. Stealing information for one’s benefit is is far more attractive. There are organised groups that try to influence the information assets of individuals or countries. It is clear that in their most severe forms the attacks aimed at the information resources of a country have the nature of war. This makes a number of countries to consider coming up with their own forces and means to impact the information resources of the enemy and to protect what they have. Cyber operations are becoming an integral part of any modern operation including military forces”.

NATO’s common cyber defence strategy

In this connection, the Minister said that the work on cyber defence within NATO has three directions. One is to align the definitions and terms in use. The second is to answer the question whether a cyber attack at one NATO member should be perceived according to art. 5 of The North Atlantic Treaty as an attack against all members. The third direction is about setting up mobile reaction teams within the Alliance.

“The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria pays due attention to the issues in the sphere of information security and works in each of the three aforementioned directions,” Angel Naydenov noted. “The main aspects of our work are the following: developing information security politics at the Ministry; e-governance; setting up and maintaining specialised information security and disaster recovery units, like a national unit for cybernetic security, an Information Security Directorate, and a centre for managing and reacting to computer incidents; information security training in universities and during special military exercises; planning and executing cyber security measures in every operation of the military; carrying out various information security projects; participating in international cyber defence initiatives; cooperating with the bodies of NATO in the sphere of managing defence processes; collaborating with various specialised centres; and implementing technological standards for availability and security”.

Deputy Minister of Transport, IT and Communications Georgi Todorov and Deputy Chair of the State Agency for National Security Vanya Stefanova, who also took place in the official opening of the forum, confirmed that

information security is a national priority and a key factor for business success, too.

“It is a fact that the recipe for economical growth in the recent decades is connected namely with adopting and developing new technologies,” said Georgi Todorov. “A successful strategy for Bulgaria to overcome the crisis is to rely on more investments in IT. This will also give young people a chance for realisation in Bulgaria. Many of them glorify Bulgaria even before they finish school”.

Vanya Stefanova added that there is recently a trend of organised crime moving to the cyberspace and that the risks of data leaks and theft are growing.

During the opening Nedyalka Yolovska, the Managing Director of ICT Media, cited

a research of CIO Bulgaria,

which was carried out in Bulgaria in the summer of 2013. It shows that the money organisations spend at cyber security are about 5% more this year than in 2012.

The main challenges that information security officers face this year are the shortage of well qualified human resources, the lack of integration between protection technologies, and limited budgets. The weight of budgets limits, however, is much lighter this year than in 2012 and earlier.

The conference also featured

a strong international presence of cyber security experts,

among which were Graeme Cooper, Head of Public Affairs at ENISA, Jan Muenther, an independent IT security consultant, Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst at IT-Harvest, and Ufuk Gokalp, Storage and Backup Systems Manager at the Technology Systems Directorate of Turk Telecom.

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