CRDF Global and NCSCC Held Open Cyber Dialogue in Ivano-Frankivsk


CRDF Global and National Cyber Security Coordination Center (NCSCC) held the first open cyber dialogue on the local level between the public, private and international sectors within the framework of the National Cybersecurity Cluster.  

The new challenges in the industry caused by the war in Ukraine have given a powerful impetus to the unification of efforts of the public and private sectors, which have stood side by side at the cyber forefront. Such cooperation has strengthened the country’s cyber defense and allowed to counter enemy attacks successfully.  

The prospects for further development of public-private partnership (PPP) in the field of cybersecurity were discussed at the Cluster Talks dialogue held in Ivano-Frankivsk.  

“Dialogue is vital for the success of PPP in Ukraine. When it comes to protecting the state’s cyberspace in times of war, rapid communication between sectors is a prerequisite. This is the key to implementing effective solutions and strengthening the national cyber defense system,” – stressed Mykhailo Verych, Senior Operations Manager, CRDF Global.

The Cluster Talks were preceded by Table-top Exercises (TTX) that allowed representatives of the Ivano-Frankivsk region to practice scenarios for joint responding to cyberattacks. 

“Improving the level of cybersecurity in the regions is one of the NCSCC’s priorities. After all, the vast majority of critical infrastructure facilities are located in the regions of Ukraine, and the issue of their cyber defense is extremely important now. In addition, the components of the National Cybersecurity System are interconnected, and each link must be protected. After all, along with constant missile attacks, the enemy continues to act violently in cyberspace and combines these attacks with information influence. And only through constant interaction at all levels can we effectively counter the aggressor country and bring our Victory closer,” – noted Nataliia Tkachuk, Head of the Information and Cyber Security Service of the NSDC of Ukraine Office.

272 participants from various sectors, representatives of the international community, donor organizations and the academic sector joined the event, which created a platform for the exchange of views, joint solutions, and new partnerships. 

The event featured two panel discussions, during which participants learned about the peculiarities of PPP in the U.S. and the current state, prospects, and next steps for the development of PPP in Ukraine.  

The panelists of the first part were representatives of public-private associations and the private sector of the United States. Among them were the Cyber Defense Assistance Collaborative (CDAC), Cyber Threat Alliance, and Recorded Future. 

The second panel discussion brought together representatives of the NCSCC, Ukrainian Parliament, Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Military Administration, 10Guards, Cyber Unit Technologies, CyberLab. 


The National Cybersecurity Cluster is a joint coordination effort of the NCSCC at the NSDC of Ukraine and Representation of U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation in Ukraine, CRDF Global, with the support of the U.S. Department of State. The platform unites key Ukrainian and international players in the sphere of cybersecurity and related areas to address key needs of the cyber community in Ukraine.

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