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Australian cyber security company Internet 2.0 has announced an initiative in which it will teach cyber security to Ukrainian war veterans to help them defend against Russian hackers as part of the ongoing conflict.
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has seen cyber attacks and hacking play an increased role on the battlefield. The Australian Cyber Security Centre identified at least eight variants of destructive malware deployed within the first six weeks following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
With cyber space becoming a second field of war, Internet 2.0 has taken a particular interest in Ukranian veterans and what they can do not only to support them, but also what can be learned from this unprecedented warfare.
“We see Ukrainian veterans as one of the most important sources of knowledge to contribute to how we understand cyber warfare going forward,” said Internet 2.0 co-chief executive Robert Potter.
Internet 2.0 has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation, the result of which will see the company open an office in the country.
This marks the first time it has worked in a nation outside of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, which is made up of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US.
“A leading cyber security partner of the Biden administration’s Counter Ransomware Initiative has started to work in Ukraine,” said Yegor Dubinskyi, Ukranian deputy minister of digital transformation.
“The beginning of our cooperation is a positive signal to other international companies and brands that it is possible and necessary to enter Ukraine.”
The agreement will see Internet 2.0 open an office in Ukraine, deploy its own technologies throughout Ukraine, and veterans and “temporarily displaced persons” taught cyber security practices and digital skills.
“We see ourselves as a long-term partner of Ukraine, both through and after the war,” said Potter.
“We also acknowledge the special debt that we, as part of the free world, have to the veterans of Ukraine for their defence of the democratic security order.”
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