Cyber defense as a component of the state’s defense capabilities. Experts determine priorities and challenges


On July 6, 2021, the fifth meeting of the National Cybersecurity Cluster was held in cooperation with the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity under the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NCCC) and the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global).

The July meeting focused on the most important issues for Ukraine in cyberdefense, plans and initiatives in this area.

Todd Spiers, CRDF Global Programs Operations Director, emphasized the Cluster’s special mission among all CRDF Global programs. The platform allows to inform on the needs of the cyber community of Ukraine to international partners and donor organizations. This makes it possible to implement projects bringing about systemic changes in the cybersecurity landscape.

Yuriy Gusev, General Director of the Ukroboronprom State Concern , pointed out that the Ukroboronprom, according to the analysis of the first half of 2021, suffers an average of 69 cyber attacks per day, which is 5% more than last year. Targeted attacks of increased complexity are especially dangerous. Cybersecurity, cyberdefense and cyberweapon shall be the priority areas of the Ukroboronprom in cooperation with international partners.

Serhiy Prokopenko, Head of The National Coordination Center for Cyber​​security (NCCC) Support Service of the NSDC Staff, reported that the NCCC under the National Security and Defense Council pays special attention to cyberdefense. New strategic documents are being formed. The priority is the formation of full-fledged cybertroops, both to protect their own systems and resources, as well as to counter the aggressive measures of the aggressor country – the Russian Federation.

The experts discussed a proposal to Ukroboronprom regarding to expert support from the State Service of Special Communications, a new global paradigm for responding to aggressive actions in cyberspace and a proper legal basis for the Armed Forces to neutralize cyberthreats, educational programs on cyber hygiene from the OSCE, CRDF Global, and human resources in the field of cybersecurity, search and selection of personnel and migration of qualified personnel.

The meeting was attended by representatives of cybersecurity facilities of Ukraine, international partners – the EU, USA, Great Britain and NATO. The meeting contributed to the development of leadership and professional competence in the cybersecurity domain. The participants of the event expressed optimism about the proposals of international partners to strengthen the national cyberspace of Ukraine.

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National Security and Defense  is a system of state institutions, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other military divisions formed in accordance with the laws of Ukraine, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, special government agencies with law enforcement functions, civil defense forces and the defense industry of Ukraine.

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