At the 16th meeting of the National Cyber Security Cluster, interim achievements and consequences of war in cyberspace were discussed
On December 8, 2022, the 16th final meeting of the National Cyber Security Cluster was held on the topic "War in Cyberspace 2022: Results, Achievements and Gaps." The event was organized by the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center at the NSDC of Ukraine in cooperation with the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation with the support of the US State Department.
Opening the meeting, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Serhiy Demediuk noted that the war in cyberspace "combines all domains: land, air, sea and space."
"The full-scale invasion of the russian federation has changed our priorities, but now we are gaining important practical experience in cyber defense, which no country has yet had. I am sure that together we will not only defeat the enemy, but also achieve results that will help us pass this difficult stage and move on to the next one - the development of our state. And for this, we must build a powerful defense capability of Ukraine, including its cyber component," Serhiy Demedyuk said.
Speaking about the results of the year, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleg Hayduk noted that on December 6, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received the automated system of the operational control center "Dzvin-AS". In addition, the Ministry of Defense received a positive expert opinion regarding the "Delta Integration Platform" Special Software Complex. Next, a cycle of official tests will take place, based on the results of which a decision will be made on adoption.
The Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service of the Staff of NSDC of Ukraine, the NCSCC Secretary Natalia Tkachuk noted that cooperation with international partners was extremely effective this year, aimed not only at receiving aid, but also at strengthening Ukraine's position as a full partner of international cooperation in the field of cyber security.
"We persevered, became stronger, and proved to the whole world that we are a single nation and will fight for our independence. This war is not over, but as long as we are together, as long as we know that the entire democratic world is with us, victory will be ours. And I am grateful to everyone - the defense sector, state bodies, international partners and the private sector for your round-the-clock work and support," the Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service concluded.
About 200 representatives of state bodies, the private sector, critical infrastructure facilities, as well as international organizations from the USA and EU member states joined the discussion of the 2022 results. Among them are representatives of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, the Cyber Police, USAID, the governments of the United States and Estonia, CDTOs of ministries, and representatives of the private sector.
The Deputy Head of the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine Viktor Zhora noted that the National Cyber Security Cluster is an excellent platform for exchanging opinions, finding new scenarios and action algorithms for strengthening our cyber defense. "This year's results are intermediate, because the cyber war continues. I hope that next year we will be able to end the conventional war with victory as soon as possible and achieve significant results in countering aggression in cyberspace."
CRDF Global Operations Director in Ukraine Mykhailo Verych presented the results of the Fund's work. "In the conditions of large-scale hostilities, the issues of ensuring sustainable development and strengthening Ukraine's stability in cyberspace remain a priority for us. And I am glad that even in this difficult period, we held about 40 events, implemented a number of educational programs and successful projects on cyber security in Ukraine."
The results of two independent studies of the state of cyber security of Ukraine were also presented during the meeting. According to the results of the Annual Study on the Effectiveness of Interaction and Coordination of the Subjects of the National Cyber Security System, the coordination effectiveness index is growing for the third year in a row, and this year it is 6.5. The achievement of such an indicator was planned for 2024. Also, compared to previous years, twice as many respondents noted the need for coordination at the national level, and said that the NCSCC needs additional powers in this area