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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine14.12.2019, 12:52

Oleksiy Danilov: Cybersecurity is one of the most important priorities for the NSDC of Ukraine

Cybersecurity is one of the most important priorities for the NSDC of Ukraine. Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov stressed this during the meeting with the delegation of US Senate staff.

Mr. Danilov called cybersecurity a key component of national security. "In the next five to ten years, cyber weapons will become the number one in the world, even nuclear weapons will take back seat", - he said, adding that in a globalized world where wars are increasingly hybrid, the protection of information and devices processing it is crucial as there are no borders for cybercrime.

In this context, the NSDC Secretary informed about the work on the updated Cybersecurity Strategy and noted that the NSD Staff is working on the development of the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity (NCCC) in accordance with modern challenges, the main task of which is to identify, forecast possible and identify real cyberthreats, as well as to provide the NSDC with analytical materials.

Mr. Danilov also underscored that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy pays much attention to the issues of cybersecurity, and following the meeting of the NSDC of Ukraine on December 7 this year, a number of decisions have been made in this area.

Deputy Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Serhiy Demedyuk informed in detail about the tasks of the NCCC, noticing that strong experts will work there. According to him, the NCCC will interact with similar centers of partner countries. Mr. Demedyuk also stressed the importance of improving the legislative framework governing the work of cyberdefense actors.

In their turn, members of the US delegation noted that Ukraine is responding to cyberattacks. US Senate staff stressed unanimous support for Ukraine in the Congress and the Senate, which was particularly testified by the allocation of $300 million military aid, as well as by introducing sanctions against the Russian energy industry.

The parties emphasized that cyberattacks are "huge challenges" for Ukraine and the US, exchanged experience of their prevention and localization, and emphasized the importance and potential of bilateral cooperation in the sphere of combating cyberincidents.

The parties exchanged views on the security situation in Ukraine and the world. The NSDC Secretary also announced the results of the Normandy format negotiations and the measures taken by Ukraine to prepare the summit. The members of the delegation praised the steps of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy aimed at achieving peace in the East of Ukraine and emphasized his contribution to the release of sailors and political prisoners.