Kyiv hosted the first summit of the National Cybersecurity Cluster with the participation of the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity under the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global).
The purpose of the summit is to summarize the interim results of the work of the National Cybersecurity Cluster in the first half of 2021 and to formulate plans for interaction with international partners for 2021-2022.
“We are focused on ensuring that, in general interaction with the private sector, security actors, to ensure proper security of the public sector, critical infrastructure facilities, as well as to provide assistance to all citizens, business entities” – said Serhiy Demedyuk, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
He added that interaction with international partners is extremely important.
“Cyberspace cannot be protected without interaction with international partners” – Demedyuk said.
He said that cyberattacks are still associated with total hybridity, so it is important to unite in order to assess common developments and determine the necessary steps for the next stage. According to Demedyuk, all participants should trust each other and work together, no matter who and where is in what status, in what sector – private or public.
At the same time, Deputy Minister of Energy for Digital Development, Digital Transformations and Digitization Yevhen Vladimirov, recalled one of the largest cyber attacks on the energy sector of Ukraine, which took place in 2015. Since then, over 6 years have done a lot: approved the decision of the state leadership on the cybersecurity strategy, and prepared a draft law on critical infrastructure for the second reading. In addition, the government established the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity, which has taken on an important role in coordinating efforts to counteract cyber threats.
The participants of the event noted that the current year has become important primarily through the adoption of a new cybersecurity strategy.
The organizers reported that a total of 6 clusters were held, the participants were: representatives of 8 embassies, 75 government departments, representatives of 31 international organizations and 8 organizations in the direction of public private partnership. 149 institutions took part in the clusters for the first half of 2021.
The next cluster will focus on cybersecurity strategy. The key objectives of the strategy are divided into 3 blocks – containment, resilience and interaction.
To remind, the first round of the Ukraine-European Union cyber dialogue took place. The parties reaffirmed their commitment to a global, open, stable and secure cyberspace.