Ukrainian government plans to potentially transport sensitive data and servers to a different country
The deputy chief of Ukraine's State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection Victor Zhora has told Reuters that the government is considering relocating Ukraine’s sensitive data and servers to an offshore location. However, the move would only be executed if the risk of information falling into the hands of the Russian forces was imminent.
Per Zohra, several countries have offered to host Ukrainian data. He didn’t name any countries but said that “a European location will be preferred.” That said, most of the data and equipment will not be sent out of Ukraine and departments will have to decide whether to continue working from inside the country or move out, Zhora told Reuters.
Clarifying the decision further, Zohra explained that transporting data and network equipment to a foreign country is only the last resort. The initial plan is to keep the IT infrastructure secure inside the country. Furthermore, moving sensitive government documents out of Ukraine will require lawmakers to give the green signal by initiating regulatory changes.
Finally, even after the lawmakers approve such a step, the question of how to migrate data out of Ukraine will remain. Zhora didn’t comment much on the matter but cited past events of keeping information out of Russian reach by shipping out removable storage devices and servers and sending data to different servers through the internet.