From April 28 to April 29, 2021, the first national cyber exercise "Digital Kyrgyzstan - 2021" was held in Bishkek for representatives of government agencies, higher educational institutions and the private sector.
The event was organized jointly with the OSCE Program Office in Bishkek, the UN International Telecommunication Union and the technical operator Softline LLC.
For practical exercises, experts from international companies in the field of cybersecurity were invited, and cyber platforms provided by the International Telecommunication Union, Group-IB and Kaspersky Lab will also be used.
The event was attended by representatives of the presidential administration, the Security Council, the government, the State Digital Development Service and other ministries and departments of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The exercises were held as part of the implementation of state programs, the Concept of Digital Transformation "Digital Kyrgyzstan 2019-2023" and the Cybersecurity Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2019-2023.
“The main idea and purpose of this event is to strengthen the interaction of state bodies on cybersecurity issues, exchange experience, consider problematic issues and find optimal solutions. But first of all, it is the consolidation of joint efforts to ensure the cybersecurity of state systems and resources by working out interaction. It is important to realize that ensuring the cybersecurity of the country is not the task of a single department, but of all state bodies and organizations, regardless of their form of ownership,” said Zhanybek Zhorobaev, director of the Coordinating Center for Cybersecurity of the State Committee for National Security.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has witnessed a significant increase in internet use and a dramatic shift in the lifestyle of our society, with massive shifts to working from home, online learning and increased use of online services. Accordingly, it also highlighted the need to address new challenges related to cybersecurity,” said Ambassador Pierre von Arcs, Head of the OSCE Program Office in Bishkek, in his speech.