The resilience of the national cybersecurity system depends on the effective work of the relevant bodies in the regions of Ukraine. Due to this, it is of high importance not only to pay attention to the general needs in the field but also to determine and address the emerging requests on a local level.
In terms of hostilities, the issue becomes even more topical since each element of the national cybersecurity system serves both as a shield for the country and a target for adversaries at the same time.
The review of the local needs became the focus of the 13th National Cybersecurity Cluster session, which was held in the regional format in Uzhhorod on the basis of Uzhhorod National University for the first time.
To discuss such issues, 250 representatives of almost 140 organizations joined the event both online and offline. The number covered national and regional government bodies, international institutions, the private sector, and academia. Representatives of Lviv and Transcarpathia regional administrations, including deputy heads for digital development, transformations, and digitalization, the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection as well as Transcarpathia IT Cluster presented during the event.
While exchanging thoughts regarding regional needs, challenges and solutions, an active discussion emerged. This allowed to review the issues from different angles and marked the high interest in fostering local cyber defense.
The highlight of the session was the announcement of the National Defense Hackathon to be conducted soon by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in close cooperation with the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, NSDC, and the Representation of U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation in Ukraine, CRDF Global, with the support of the U.S. Department of State.