Protecting Ukraine’s Internet Access and Critical Data

The U.S. government and private sector are providing critical cybersecurity assistance to Ukraine, helping the country stay online during Russia’s brutal and unjust war.

According to the media and the Ukrainian government, the new Kremlin invasion of Ukraine has used information warfare tactics, including cyberattacks on basic infrastructure and the dissemination of disinformation via malicious networks sponsored by the condition, as well as massive disruptions in internet service.

The US State Department has provided $40 million in cyber development assistance since 2017 to build Ukraine’s cyber resilience, with an additional $45 million in additional assistance in 2022 to build cyber defense capabilities from Ukraine.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assisted Ukrainian national security and law enforcement, briefing partners on Russian intelligence cyber operations and sharing investigation and response methods.

Support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) includes funding technical experts to help Ukrainian government departments and infrastructure operators identify malware and restore systems after incidents.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power said in March that the agency’s digital programs have supported Ukraine against “repeated cyberattacks since before Russia’s invasion” and that USAID is helping Ukrainian government officials “maintain communications with each other and with critical groups “.

SpaceX provided Starlink satellite internet equipment, seen March 25 in Lviv, Ukraine, to help Ukrainians stay online. (© Shutterstock.com)

USAID supported the delivery of 5,000 internet terminals from SpaceX’s satellite internet service provider, Starlink. Endpoints can maintain connectivity even when fiber optic or cellular connections are damaged.

Medical Supplies Tracking

Other US tech companies are also providing assistance. Amazon’s web tools and logistics services help aid workers track medical supplies bound for Ukraine and support scientists monitoring air quality around nuclear sites near war zones.

By transferring 10 million gigabytes of data from Ukrainian servers to Amazon’s cloud, the company is helping Ukrainian ministries, universities and banks retain essential information for post-war recovery.

Land data “is vital both to those who have invested their savings in property and to the future reconstruction of Ukraine,” Amazon says. The company has also provided millions of dollars in aid to Ukrainian refugees, including for legal services.

Microsoft’s over $100 million in aid has helped Ukraine defend against a barrage of cyberattacks. “We have seen at least six separate nation-state actors aligned with Russia launch more than 237 operations against Ukraine, including ongoing destructive attacks and threats to civilian well-being,” Microsoft said in a statement. an April 27 report on hybrid warfare in Ukraine.

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Google’s cybersecurity efforts and $45 million in aid to Ukraine have earned the California-based company the first Peace Prize from the Ukrainian government. Google is “a great friend of Ukraine,” Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov said when announcing the honor May 25.

“Literally from the first days of the war, you began to help us on the information front, with many initiatives for businesses and, more importantly, with the humanitarian support of our citizens.”

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