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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine28.08.2023, 12:32

NCSCC held a roundtable meeting to discuss international experience and conceptual framework for creating cyber forces in Ukraine

The National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, with the support of CRDF Global in Ukraine and the Cyber Warfare Research Institute, held a roundtable discussion on "Building Cyber Forces: Analysis of International Experience and Prospects for Ukraine" to discuss promising ways to develop cyber forces in Ukraine, learn about the latest achievements and leading international experience in the field of cyber defense.

"Creating cyber forces is a strategically important task for our country, which requires the joint efforts of the defense sector, politicians and scientists. This roundtable is an opportunity not only to learn about successful international cases, but also to discuss and define the conceptual framework for creating and further developing cyber forces in Ukraine. In this context, it is important to have a consistent position on the fundamental approaches to cyber defense, as well as effective cooperation in the implementation of practical measures," said Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Serhiy Demediuk, opening the event.

Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service of the Staff of the NSDC of Ukraine, the NCSCC Secretary Natalia Tkachuk presented a study that provided a detailed overview of successful practices of creating cyber forces in different countries, as well as the main stages of implementation and challenges that arise in this process.

"Given that the cyber domain has become a full-fledged warfare environment, and with the development of artificial intelligence, the issue of cyber deterrence will play a significant role in ensuring the geopolitical interests of countries, the creation of effective cyber forces could significantly enhance our ability to counteract cyber aggression by a terrorist country and lay the foundation for the development of Ukraine's cyber capabilities in the long term. Now, based on our own unique experience and studying successful international cases, we must achieve the goal of creating effective cyber forces as soon as possible, while also ensuring Ukraine's contribution to the collective cybersecurity system," Natalia Tkachuk said.

The event also featured online interviews with a representative of the UK Ministry of Defense and the Deputy Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces Cyber Command, who shared their experience in creating cyber forces and joined the discussion.

The roundtable was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, intelligence agencies, the National Police of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence, and the expert community. The experience of the world's leading countries in creating cyber forces was discussed. In this context, there was a discussion on approaches to the formation of effective cyber defense, the creation of cyber forces as a new kind of force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the need to make appropriate changes to Ukrainian legislation, the development of organizational structures and training for cyber forces.