Ukraine’s Information Security Policy: at the Crossroads between Russia and the West

No.3(2023)

Abstract

CEEOL: https://www.ceeol.com/search/article-detail?id=1197952

This is a study of the development of Ukraine’s information policy within the dichotomy of two concepts of information (or cyber) security – those of Russia and the West. Ukraine may have chosen a policy of integration into Western security structures; however, for decades, it has been firmly connected to the traditions and approaches inherent in the Russian concept of information security. This phenomenon has been observed in the positions taken by researchers and lawmakers in the country and causes some ambiguity. Here, we present an assessment of the contradictory characteristics of Ukraine’s information security policy and compare its Russian influence with its orientation to the West. We conclude that Ukraine is still balancing between these two spheres. Exposure to Russia’s concept remains in academic circles, but the legal and normative sphere tends to follow the Western approach; and gradually, Ukraine’s subjectivity in information security issues is developing at the international level.

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