On March 25, 2021, the second meeting of the the National Cybersecurity Cluster was held within the framework of cooperation between the National Coordination Centre for Cybersecurity under the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NCCC) and the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global).
The event was dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the draft of the new Cyberecurity Strategy of Ukraine for 2021-2025 (hereinafter – the Strategy). A total of 58 experts took part in the conference.
Natalia Tkachuk, Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service of the Staff of NSDC of Ukraine, thanked all the institutions involved in the development of the Strategy and said that the draft Strategy was submitted for public discussion, which will be completed soon. According to her, the finalized version of the Strategy is expected in early April 2021.
Mykhailo Verych, CRDF Global Cybersecurity Deputy ProgramManager in Ukraine , stated that the Cluster’s mission is to create a safe national cyberspace, share best practices, as well as build better dialogue and strong collaboration between the partners.
Serhiy Prokopenko, Head of the NCCC Support Service of the NSDC Staff, presented the draft Cyber Security Strategy of Ukraine for 2021-2025. The purpose of the Strategy is to create conditions for the safe functioning of cyberspace, its use in the interests of the individual, society and the state.
Other speakers included representatives of the Digital Transformation and Information Security Policy Directorate, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Digital Transformation, The USAID Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure in Ukraine as well as representatives of the US Embassy in Ukraine on Economic Affairs, etc.
While discussing the speeches, the experts touched on issues of public-private partnership, use of the potential of the private sector to implement the objectives of the Strategy; statutory regulation of cybersecurity, existing challenges and limitations; effective cyber defense; review of the state of cybersecurity and cybersecurity; operation of resources of the Diia platform; coordination of international assistance and priority areas for its provision.
Concluding the discussion, Serhiy Prokopenko called for the coordination of both national institutions and international partners in order to avoid duplication in the implementation of projects and for the effective use of expert and financial resources of international assistance.
On March 4, 2021, the working group at the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity under the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine approved the draft Cybersecurity Strategy of Ukraine for 2021-2025. The document is based on the National Security Strategy of Ukraine, approved by the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated September 14, 2020 No. 392; experience of the world’s best practices; a series of opinion polls and empirical studies conducted at the end of the last year and in early 2021.