Dmytro Zolotukhin Gives a Lecture on Strategic Communications for Servicemen
As part of a new course, ‘Strategic Communications’, Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Dmytro Zolotukhin gave a lecture at the state level for cadets of the Military Institute of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv on 16 December 2017, and for officers of Ivan Chernyakhovsky National Defense University of Ukraine, on December 18th.
During the lecture, the Deputy Minister stressed the difference between the Western understanding of ‘information security’ and the Ukrainian one as laid down in a conceptual document, the Doctrine of Information Security of Ukraine.
“In the Western community ‘information security’ is closely associated with ‘cybersecurity’, which is undoubtedly an integral part of this field. However, the Ukrainian experience has shown that the really gruesome threats to national security are rumours, leaflets, printed pseudopress, which is produced at the expense of the aggressor, and then distributed free on a wide scale among the population. That is why in terms of hybrid threats we talk more about the sixth battlefield, which is the individual’s conscience, his or her critical attitude toward the surrounding environment, be it media, information or psychologically emotional,” Zolotukhin explained.
It should be noted that the course ‘Strategic Communications’ for servicemen was worked out together with George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies within the framework of implementing NATO Programme DEEP-Ukraine. The course is planned to be introduced for strategic and tactical level officers.
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