The recent cyber-attack by "Petya.a" virus on a number of Ukraine's key financial, infrastructure and media objects once against rises a question of national information security in the society. Indeed, the siuue remains unsolved eighter due to the weakness of the country's technological resources, or the interests of certain business clans are involved there.

What is Ukraine's participation in the global information and technological revolution? In the 1980s, world capitalism has undergone significant economic and organizational restructuring, in which the new information technology had played a decisive role and was itself formed crucially by this role as M. Castells noted in his "Information Age." The movement for deregulation and liberalization, deployed by British and American business circles, had played a decisive role in the growth of the telecommunications system. In turn, the availability of new telecommunication networks and information systems has provided the ground for the global integration of financial markets and segmented specialization of production and trade in the world (O.B. Shevchuk, "Information and technological revolution and its role in the development of the world economy")

The world's information and technological revolution of the late 20th - early 21st centuries had declared its main goal was to impruve labor productivity through new technological advances in technology and energy. Just as the production and distribution of energy were the foundation of an industrial society, the production and transmission of information have became the basis of today's technological revolution, ie a foundation of modern post-industrial society. Correctly built and well protected information space increases the level of state GDP: the share of new knowledge embodied in technologies, equipment, education of personnel, and at last in the organization of production accounts for 80-95% of GDP growth in developed countries.

The world's developed countries have already created the necessary conditions for the transition to an information society, although the same could not be said of the post-Soviet countries. Today, Ukraine have only some elements for building a post-industrial economy. Recent unsuccessful attempts to reform certain sectors of Ukrainian economy are a proof of that.

There is a nomber of objective reasons such Ukraine's failtures at the information and technological level. First of all it is corruption in all branches of power and the professional incompetence of the "political appointees" that stand on the guard of national security. Information, knowledge and information technology are the main source of growth in productivity and competitiveness. The new state economy model is organizing through the network structure of world management of production and distribution.

Therefore, it is global. Globalization processes have become the basis for building a new organized system with is charactreized with using of technologies of massive influence on people's consciousness. The problem of national defense against the negative consequences of such influence still remains acute for Ukraine. Globalization of economic relations through the use of information and communication technologies is known to be significant threats, because "only economicaly developed countries, or ones with an economy that is approaching to this level, can maintain their power and independence, as they have the opportunity to protect their interests, primarily through the information space. Other problem that can be deepened by modern information technologies is the possibility of virtually instantaneous transfer of such masses of financial resources that can provoke a financial crisis not only in a particular country but also in a whole group of countries.

Informatization, which covers virtually all parts of the world, is truly a global phenomenon. It determines the dynamics and orientation of economic, social, political and cultural changes of mankind directly or indirectly. That is, information generates and manages the society. Thus, a state has a clear choice: eighter it consciously respond to the challenges of global transformations, or it becomes an object of global information manipulation and economic (and non-economic) coercion. It is impossible to stand aside of the globalization process. The way modern socialist movements propose to fight capitalism often liiks sa same as if someone would propose to "overcome" the Internet by turning off his own computer. However, in the terms of today we must take care of our own, national interests. That's what the idea of Ukrainian nationalism calling us for.

First of all, it concerns the continuous improvement of means of processing and broadcasting information, that are aimed at more efficient and productive usage of innovations, which in its turn serves to further rationalize economic and other spheres of the state's life. Clearly, this requires first-priority state support. 

In addition, the "personnel issue" remains open. Dispite that the issue of "brain drain" is often mentioned by the parlamentaries, no real stepes have been taken to rectify the situation. In addition, Soviet standards are still prevaling in the system of education. At the same time, the "respectable teachers and scholars," prepared by the Soviet education system, aren't willing to give way to young generations despite their, to put it mildly, old age. Therefore, stagnation in teaching staff at all levels of education causes a stagnation in the development of science and technology. Which causes a decrease in the level of a professional staff preparation.

What's needed is an effective education reform, not a simulation of the one... 

source Azov Press