Cyber protection is a state priority. Its effective implementation depends on the coordinated work of all responsible entities at both national and regional levels. That is why the large responsibility for national cybersecurity implementation is assigned to local authorities.
Effective implementation of the Cybersecurity Strategy locally become the focus of the Cluster session taken place Vinnytsia, Central Ukraine.
“The Strategy begins with the thesis “Safe cyberspace is the key to the successful development of the country.” These words become extremely relevant considering the difficult conditions in which all the state processes are implemented today. It is important to continue paying special attention to cyber defense because the cyber component is a prerequisite for the stability of the national security system of Ukraine,” said Mykhailo Verych, Senior Operations Manager, CRDF Global in Ukraine, during his opening remarks.
The event enabled glancing at the issues through the prism of the public sector, critical infrastructure, business, and international experience.
“Due to the war, this year the Strategy implementation rate is 49%. Among the main cybersecurity subjects, it reaches about 80%, while among secondary ones, including regional, the rate is about 40%. Therefore, it is necessary to dis-cuss all problematic issues that arise in terms of the Strategy implementation on the local level,” noted Serhii Prokopenko, Head of the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center (NCSCC) Support Department.
The meeting brought together around 200 representatives from around 140 organizations of various sectors, including the international and donor community, embassies, state and private institutions.
Among the key speakers were representatives of the NCSCC State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, Vinnytsia City Council, IT Association of Vinnytsia, representatives of critical infrastructure and the National Cyber Security Center of the United Kingdom.
The participants discussed the best Ukrainian and foreign practices, raised important questions, and shared requests concerning the implementation of the Strategy. In particular, the issues of professional development and integration of the Strategy provisions at all levels were posed. Representatives of the NCSCC contributed to the adoption of joint and effective decisions during the discussion.
The National Cybersecurity Cluster is a joint coordination effort of the NCCC at the National Security and Defense Council 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.