A working meeting on further cooperation of the main cybersecurity actors with the CCDCOE was held at the NSDC Staff
On May 23, 2023, the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center at the NSDC of Ukraine held a working meeting at the NSDC Staff under the chairmanship of Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Serhiy Demedyuk on the interaction of representatives of the main cybersecurity actors of Ukraine with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) (hereinafter - the Center). The mechanism of interaction and participation of Ukrainian specialists in CCDCOE events were discussed.
The event was attended by experts from the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the National Police of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, and intelligence agencies.
On May 16, 2023, Ukraine officially became a member of the CCDCOE. The process, which began in 2021 on the initiative of the NCSCC, ended with the unanimous signing of the Technical Agreement on Cooperation between Ukraine and the Center and the official ceremony of raising the national flag of Ukraine in front of the CCDCOE headquarters.
"Ukraine's membership in the CCDCOE is the result of joint efforts of all major cybersecurity actors in Ukraine under the coordination of the NCSCC. It took us two years to get there, amid russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, but thanks to the cooperation and support of our partners, we have become a full member of the Center. Ukraine's experience in the world's first cyber war is unique, and partners from NATO member states are interested in our expertise," Serhiy Demediuk noted.
The National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity will be represented at the CCDCOE by a specialist from the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine. The meeting also discussed the possibility of strengthening Ukraine's representation in the CCDCOE by involving representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service of the Staff of NSDC of Ukraine, the NCSCC Secretary Natalia Tkachuk noted that Ukraine can now better interact in the international arena in the field of cybersecurity and cyber defense.
"Membership in the CCDCOE will also help strengthen the capabilities of Ukraine's national cybersecurity system. Now, on the basis of the NCSCC, we are implementing an effective mechanism of interaction with our representative in the CCDCOE for the prompt exchange of information on identifying and countering modern cyber threats and developing skills of joint response to cyber attacks in the interests of all cybersecurity actors in Ukraine, as well as ensuring Ukraine's active participation in the formation of strategic approaches and policies on key issues of cybersecurity and cyber defense at the international level," Natalia Tkachuk added.
The participants also discussed the participation of representatives of the main cybersecurity actors in the events organized by the CCDCOE. Particular attention was paid to Ukraine's involvement in the Center's annual cyber exercise, Locked Shields. This year, Ukraine, along with the United States and Estonia, took second place in this competition. And next year, Ukraine's experience in cyber warfare will be used to develop a scenario for Locked Shields 2024.