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Ukraine's State Special Communications Service begins cooperation with CISA

KYIV. Sept 3 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine has arranged on cooperation with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of State, the State Service of Special Communications said on Friday.

"Cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and cyber defense with our U.S. friends, partners and colleagues is important for ensuring the national security of Ukraine, European and global security. Together we will build an effective and reliable system of deterring and countering the information and hybrid war that Russia has been waging against Ukraine for the eighth year now," Head of the service Yuriy Schyhol said.

An agreement will be concluded by the end of the year, which will provide for:

– exchange of experience and information on countering the aggression of the Russian Federation in cyberspace, as well as the development of joint protocols of action;

– building a platform for the exchange of information about cyber incidents in the interests of an incident management system and recovery after them;

– joint actions to protect critical information infrastructure facilities and provide our partners with relevant information to improve the cyber incident response system.

The agreement will also include:

– exchange of experience within the framework of the risk management system, which will ensure the national stability of Ukraine;

– using the U.S. experience in organizing interaction in the field of cybersecurity with the private sector;

– implementation of specific projects of international technical assistance to build a network of sectoral and regional security operation centers and computer security incident response teams (CSIRT), provided for by the Cybersecurity Strategy of Ukraine;

– the formation of human potential in cybersecurity with the help of the United States by conducting training courses based on CISA, trainings, joint exercises.

According to the data at the disposal of Interfax-Ukraine agency, the U.S.-Ukrainian Cyber Alliance project provides for joint financing by both countries in the amount of $0.3 billion from the United States (as additional funds within the framework of the military assistance package to Ukraine) and $0.1 billion from Ukraine. The project is planned to be implemented in five years (if the U.S. support is provided), or in 15 years only by Ukraine.

As reported, earlier the State Service of Special Communications and the U.S. Department of State signed an agreement on the establishment of a secure line for communication.