Filip Stojanovski and Ilija Zhupanoski. Photo: Meta.mk
“Disinformation in our country started intensifying before the referendum on the Prespa Agreement, then it intensified once again before joining NATO, and followed during the Covid crisis, when many citizens did not get vaccinated due to misinformation and therewith they endangered their health, and continued in relation to the French proposal,” noted Zhupanoski.
Noting the measures that have been taken in this country aimed at dealing with hybrid threats and cyber-attacks, the prime minister’s adviser emphasized that an institutional measure was already taken in 2019, and will continue soon with a serious comprehensive step initiated by the non-governmental sector.
“A few weeks ago, the Government received an initiative from a group of national organizations with specific recommendations on dealing with disinformation, and the Government accepted this as a good basis, so we expect that soon they will hold a joint meeting and develop a national plan, in order to include all stakeholders while dealing with this problem” disclosed Zhupanoski.
Presenting the measures that the National Centre for Computer Incident Response – MKD CIRT is taking, as well as the trainings that it organizes for state administration officials, with the significant assistance of the Estonian e-Governance Academy, Acev emphasized that threats from hybrid attacks require organized measures and close cooperation of all stakeholders, regardless of whether we are talking about state institutions, civil society organizations and citizens.
“Mandatory incident reporting, by citizens and by various bodies, is the basic prerequisite for them to get the desired outcome,” said the Head of the National Centre for Computer Incident Response, clarifying that all information on incident reporting is provided on their website.
The problem with hybrid attacks and disinformation is not new, it dates back to a long time ago, noted Maigre from the Estonian e-Academy and Filip Stojanovski, the moderator of the discussion and Director at the Metamorphosis Foundation, who organized the conference on cyber resilience within the ICEDA project.
Hybrid war requires joint defensive activities
Stojanovski, referring to the problem of hybrid threats and disinformation, noted that in these areas there has been a long discussion about a special war and that the problem was also formally covered within the scope of the subject General National Defence in schools.