The most topical research of cyberspace security trends and best practices in Ukraine and globally 2021/2022


On December 16, 2021, CRDF Global and the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center under the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, with the support of the U.S. Department of State hosted the ninth and last session of the National Cybersecurity Cluster in 2021.

The main topic of the New Year’s Eve meeting was presentations and discussions of research, studies and best practices in the field of cybersecurity and information security, which were conducted during 2020/2021 in Ukraine and globally.

The Cluster meeting, which was held online, was joined by 209 participants from Ukraine and around the world – representatives of regional state administrations, National Bank of Ukraine, Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, State Emergency Service of Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Security Service of Ukraine, Ministry of reintegration of temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Cyber Police of Ukraine, representatives of critical infrastructure facilities, international organizations (USAID, IFES, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and others), Ukrainian scientists and researchers and many others.

Ukrainian and international experts from the CRDF Global, the USAID Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure in Ukraine Activity, the National Institute for Strategic Studies, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), MIRTE, ESET Ukraine presented the results of research and studies covering the following topics:

  • Research on supply chain attacks;
  • Security of IoT and its implications for other cyberspace segments;
  • Cybersecurity Market growth and segmentation in Ukraine;
  • Algebraic modeling and cybersecurity problems;
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Cyber Workforce Development;
  • E-voting in the context of international practices and conclusions for Ukraine.

The results of the study “Awareness of various sociodemographic groups in Ukraine of main cyber threats, cyber hygiene basics, cybersecurity practices” were first presented at the Cluster meeting. This study was carried out by CRDF Global in partnership with Info Sapience Research Agency with support of the U.S. Department of State in 2021.  View more details about the results of the study in the Resources.

The next session of the National Cybersecurity Cluster is scheduled for February 2022.

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The activities of the National Cybersecurity Cluster are aimed at strengthening the capabilities, sustainable development of the National cybersecurity sector of Ukraine, to join the efforts of Ukrainian cyber leaders, the professional community and international partners to ensure the secure cyberspace of Ukraine. 

In 2021, 9 Cluster meetings were held, which were attended by 600 participants from 239 organizations: representatives of Foreign Embassies, 36 international organizations, 29 scientific and educational Ukrainian and international institutions, 13 private companies, and 152 Ukrainian state agencies and enterprises.

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