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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine28.10.2021, 10:18

Serhiy Demedyuk took part in the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue

Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Serhiy Demedyuk took part in the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue.

Mr. Demedyuk thanked the American partners for their comprehensive support of Ukraine in building its cybersecurity capabilities, which “contributes to improving the overall defense capabilities of our state”.

According to the Deputy NSDC Secretary, the new Cybersecurity Strategy of Ukraine provides for “systemic and systematic exchange of information with international partners on destructive activities in cyberspace, especially with the US, EU and NATO countries, creating a free platform for real-time cyber incident exchange”.

Mr. Demedyuk noted that the practice of joint statements by the United States with its allies on large-scale cyberattacks already exists. According to him, Ukraine also has experience in joint investigation and response to such cyber incidents and cyberattacks at the international level. “Several joint operations of the U.S. Cyber ​​Command and Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense have been conducted this year, which demonstrates that we can work together”, - he said.

In this context, the Deputy NSDC Secretary expressed his conviction on the expediency of introducing a mechanism of cooperation in order to present joint statements on cyberattacks against our country or the United States, if citizens of Ukraine participate in such attacks.

Mr. Demedyuk also assured of Ukraine’s full support for the Counter Ransomware Initiative launched by the United States. “The NSDC of Ukraine, represented by the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center, is ready to coordinate the efforts of cybersecurity actors, initiate legislative changes to effectively combat ransomware crimes and directly exchange information about such cyber incidents”, - he said.

Also, according to Serhiy Demedyuk, enhanced cooperation between Ukraine and its partners is becoming even more relevant in the context of Ukraine’s submission in August this year of a formal request to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), based in Tallinn.

The Deputy NSDC Secretary also paid particular attention to the issue of cyber defense and the creation of cyber troops in Ukraine.

Head of the Service for Supporting the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center at the NSDC Staff Serhiy Prokopenko presented the new Cybersecurity Strategy of Ukraine to the U.S. partners and informed that a draft plan for implementing the Strategy was approved at a recent meeting of the NSDC of Ukraine.

Participants of the fourth U.S.-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue also discussed the methodology of threat assessment, countering ransomware attacks, possibilities of deepening the exchange of information on cyber incidents between international partners, development of a framework on responsible behavior in cyberspace, including on attribution, including attribution, prospects for adopting the UN cybercrime treaty.

Participants paid special attention to the overview of ongoing and upcoming U.S. cyber security assistance in Ukraine.

Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection, the Ministry of Defense, the Security Service of Ukraine, the National Police, intelligence agencies took part in the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue on behalf of Ukraine. The American side was represented by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. National Security Council, Department of the Treasury, FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Justice, Department of Energy, USAID, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.