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Employees of the Chair of Information Technology Security of the Ukrainian National Aviation University together with Gleb Pakharenko, the Information Security Manager of “Infopulse Ukraine”, Ukrainian IT Outsourcing company, and Konstantin Korsun, one of the former heads of the computer crime department of the Security Service of Ukraine, has initiated creation of the first university team that would respond to security incidents. The National Aviation University (NAU) was the first ready and willing institution to take part in the project.
It is an open secret that the number of cybercrimes is increasing in Ukraine as well as in many other countries of the world. Despite the lack of accurate statistics about cybercrime rate in Ukraine, everyone knows how risky, for example, it is to use bank cards to pay online. But the bank cards issue is only the top of the cybercrimes iceberg the whole world is facing in the context of globalization.
“Cybercrime is similar to global warming; you cannot fight it regionally, it is necessary to use common efforts.” – says Gleb Pakharenko. – “And Ukraine with its European ambitions cannot avoid these problems, that is why CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) was created on the basis of the National Aviation University, the primary goal of which is to coordinate measures of efficient counteraction to unauthorized actions within the computer networks of NAU.
It is the global character of technical facilities of cybercrimes and their accessibility, which determines specific characteristics of this type of crimes:
Therefore, cybercrime can be defined as an employment of certain methods, which are aimed at security derogation or endangering safety characteristics of information systems resources by using their exposures. CERT has been created to ensure a certain level of safety of information systems resources.
The choice of the university was not accidental. There is everything you need there: numerous computer networks, broadband internet access and talented people. Other higher educational establishments are planned to involve in this project in the near future; and the regular incidents data exchange, statistics as well as the best practices of current issues prevention will be set up. The USA, Europe and many other countries did it that way; commercial organizations capable of solving serious issues in IT sphere and of interacting as a whole with similar teams from other countries were established on the basis of CERT educational institutions.