‘Our greatest strength against increasing cyber attacks is national technology’

Expressing that the digitalization and adaptation of innovative technologies have reached a dizzying speed with the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic, Koç said in a statement to the AA correspondent that the provision and use of digital services gained more importance than ever in this process called “new normal”. .

Pointing out that 2020 is a difficult year in terms of cyber security, Koç said, “ In 2020, 375 new cyber attacks were carried out in 1 minute, 3 new phishing sites were established, 35 spam e-mails related to Kovid-19 were detected, 16 thousand 172 records were seized. Our greatest strength against increasing cyber attacks is national technology. ” he spoke.

Expressing that they have focused on creating content to raise awareness on this issue since the beginning of the epidemic period, Koç said that with the transfer of systems to digital environments, terrorism and criminal crimes have also been transferred to cyberspace.

Stating that cyber threats of varying sizes now turn into cyber warfare tools between states, making critical infrastructure and systems targets, Koç stated that the critical infrastructures of a country have cyber power at the level of resistance to cyber attacks. “We know that our sensitivity to the protection of our data in cyberspace is equivalent to protecting our sovereign rights on our borders, and we do this through comprehensive cyber security strategies and practices.” found the assessment.

Stating that the cyber threats that have increased in recent years have prompted countries to take new measures regarding the protection of their digital infrastructures and to re-evaluate their policies and strategies with a new and holistic perspective, Koç continued as follows:

“For this purpose, under the leadership of our Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and our Digital Transformation Office, a new National Cyber ​​Security Strategy and Action Plan has been published. With the contributions of all relevant institutions, 40 actions and 75 implementation steps for 8 strategic purposes have been determined. With the realization of the activities specified in the Strategy and Action Plan, we will increase our resistance against cyber attacks against our digital infrastructures across the country and also increase our level in the international cyber security index. “

Koç stated that with the Presidential Circular on Information and Communication Security Measures, the main framework of the measures that should be taken by public institutions and enterprises providing services as critical infrastructure within the scope of information and communication security was outlined, and reminded that the guide prepared within the scope of the said circular was made available on 27 July 2020.

Koç emphasized that the guide, which is an action step of the Cyber ​​Security Strategy and Action Plan, is an important step to increase the level of information security of the country and ensure data privacy:

“We aim to continuously improve the guide, which is the first official and original document to be taken as reference throughout the country in its field, to guide the information and communication security of our country in the long term. In addition to the cyber security risks posed by the developing technologies, the opportunities created by using these technologies for defense purposes should not be ignored. We call it ‘Positive Cyber ​​Security Approach.’