Deepening cooperation with NATO: Ukrainian delegation headed by the Secretary of the NCSCC visits NATO Headquarters
On July 6-7, 2023, a delegation of representatives of Ukraine's main cybersecurity actors led by Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service of the Staff of the NSDC of Ukraine, the NCSCC Secretary Natalia Tkachuk, visited NATO Headquarters, NATO's Allied Command and the NATO Communications and Information Agency as part of the C4 Knowledge Exchange Project of the NATO-Ukraine Comprehensive Assistance Package Trust Fund.
The event was attended by representatives of the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, the Cyber Police Department of the National Police of Ukraine, and the Office of the Prosecutor General. With the assistance of the NATO Headquarters Emerging Security Challenges Division and the Mission of Ukraine to NATO, the participants had the opportunity to learn about NATO structures involved in cybersecurity.
The Ukrainian delegation made an overview presentation on Ukraine's cybersecurity system and lessons learned from the ongoing cyber war, as well as presented needs and proposals for future cooperation with NATO in the field of cybersecurity.
Natalia Tkachuk thanked NATO and its member states for supporting Ukraine in the war, which is also taking place in cyberspace, and emphasized that Ukraine has demonstrated the resilience of the National Cybersecurity System, a high level of public-private partnership and effective coordination.
"We realize that our unique experience in countering cyber aggression by a terrorist country is important for strengthening collective cybersecurity, and we are ready to share it with our key partners and allies. Only by working together can we overcome the Russian threat," Natalia Tkachuk said. "Given that the cyber domain has become a full-fledged warfare environment, joint defense cyber operations could significantly enhance the ability to counter common threats in the interests of NATO's and Ukraine's collective cybersecurity”.
The partners noted the coordinated work of all Ukrainian cybersecurity actors during the war and emphasized their readiness to expand support and cooperation with Ukraine in the field of cybersecurity.
As part of the visit program, briefings were also held by the Cyber Operations Center (CyOC) and J6 of Supreme Allied Commander Europe, the NATO Communications and Information Agency, namely the NATO Cyber Security Center (NCSC), the Enterprise Services Operations Center (ESOC), NATO Headquarters structures - the Office of the NATO Chief Information Officer (OCIO), the Office of Emerging Security Challenges, the C3 Secretariat, the Joint Intelligence and Security Directorate, in particular the NATO Security Office, and the Operations Directorate.
NATO was represented by the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Cyber at Supreme Allied Commander Europe. The discussion was moderated by the Director of the NATO Cyber Operations Center and the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.