The UK is launching a program of workshops to support Bulgaria's cyber resilience amid the growing threat from criminal groups and hostile states.

This was announced by the British Embassy in Sofia. 

The embassy cites data from a report by the Ministry of Electronic Government, according to which about 57% of all Bulgarian organizations are exposed to cyberattacks daily or monthly, and cyberattacks against Bulgarian businesses have increased by 20% in one year. 

British Ambassador Rob Dixon opened today in Sofia the first of a series of international seminars where the UK government shared information and experience in identifying and assessing international dependencies on critical national infrastructure. 

"Cyber ​​attacks have a significant impact in all spheres of life - from state institutions, through the private sector, to individual citizens.

Attacks on our critical infrastructure can affect water supplies, electricity supplies and transportation, to name just a few areas.

In April 2022, Bulgarian Post suffered a significant cyber attack, which left many pensioners without funds during that period.

In a time of heightened cyber threat, it is vitally important that we work with close allies and partners, sharing knowledge and expertise to enhance our collective cyber resilience," Ambassador Rob Dickinson said in his remarks. 

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Understanding the gaps and weaknesses that malicious actors can take advantage of will increase the cyber resilience of Bulgaria and other European partners, the British Embassy points out. 

In Bulgaria, the websites of the presidential administration, the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Defense and other institutions were attacked in recent months.

Cyberattacks with political goals are also on the rise, according to Petar Kirkov, director of the Network and Information Security Directorate at the Ministry of e-Government and national cybersecurity coordinator. 

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