EU to Send a Newly Created Cyber Rapid-Response Team (CRRT) to Ukraine

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense announced the development in a Twitter post, saying that the move was made at the request of the Ukrainian authorities.

In response to #Ukraine request 🇱🇹🇳🇱🇵🇱🇪🇪🇷🇴🇭🇷 are activating LT-led Cyber Rapid Response Team, which will help 🇺🇦institutions to cope with growing cyber threats. #StandWithUkraine

— Lithuanian MOD (@Lithuanian_MoD) February 22, 2022

A coalition of six EU nations, including Lithuania, will lead the effort to “assist Ukrainian institutions in dealing with escalating cyber-threats,” according to a press release. The coalition also includes Croatia, Poland, Estonia, Romania, and the Netherlands.

On February 22 the EU Cyber Rapid Response Teams (CRRT) Council confirmed that cyber rapid response capabilities will be activated in support of Ukraine.

Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Romania and Croatia respond to the request from Ukraine and activate the Cyber Rapid Response Team to support Ukraine’s institutions in the face of cybersecurity challenges,” said Vice Minister of National Defence Margiris Abukevičius.

Concrete numbers and specialization of experts to be deployed are currently subject to coordination. “We are considering deploying a CRRT to Ukraine ,” said Vice Minister M. Abukevičius.

The Cyber Rapid Response Teams have been operational since 2019. A CRRT comprises

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