National Cybersecurity Cluster foster the development of cyberbiosecurity industry of Ukraine


On July 29, 2021, within the framework of cooperation between CRDF Global and the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center under the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the sixth meeting of the National Cybersecurity Cluster was held with the support of the U.S. State Department. The topic of the meeting was the issue of cyberbiosecurity, development and integration of cybersecurity and biosecurity systems, as well as current challenges and development of the national cyberbiosecurity system in Ukraine.

Vladlen Basysty, Senior Project Lead CRDF Global representation office in Ukraine , drew attention to the solid experience of CRDF Global in the implementation of various programs in the field of biodefense and biosecurity. The speaker stressed the features and importance of the new multidisciplinary concept of cyberbiosecurity as a field that affects various branches of science and sectors of the economy.

Serhiy Demedyuk, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, drew the attention of the audience to the similarity of concepts and approaches used by cybersecurity and biosecurity / medicine. The feature of the new domain at the intersection of cybersecurity and biosecurity is not only the clear risks of interference in the work of information systems and data theft and manipulation. In this case, we have a direct impact on people’s health and lives, which makes cybersecurity a special element of the country’s political life and national security.

Oleksiy Solovyov, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, outlined the wide range of threats generated by the bioeconomy domain and gave examples of countries developing new legislation or improve existing ones to respond to challenges of ongoing period and pandemics.

Ukrainian and international experts made reports on progressive security practices and strategies in a rapidly growing bioeconomy. Among the main topics were the implementation of integrated biorisk management, security of genetic information, reduction of insider threats and control of medical and biological studies.

A total of 99 representatives from 34 institutions took part in the event, including the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Science and Safety Consulting, LLC (USA), Merrick & Company (USA), the National Academy of the Security Service of Ukraine, etc.

Today, cyberbiosecurity is the most innovative and innovative field in the domains of biotechnology, pharmacology, medicine, research data and healthcare systems. Cybersecurity is an important component of effective integrated biological risk management to ensure the reliable global development of biosecurity, biosafety and healthcare systems.

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Cyber biosecurity is a new domain at the margin between biosecurity and cybersecurity. The purpose of cyber biosecurity is to prevent the potential or actual destruction and misuse of information, processes and materials at the intersection of the biological sciences and the digital world.

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