Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Kyiv 18:20

Ukraine and the United States conducted the first Ukraine - United States Bilateral Cyber Dialogue

29 September 2017, 17:16

The Ukrainian delegation was led by First Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko and included top officials from the Presidential Administration (Deputy Head Dmytro Shymkiv), Security Service (Deputy Head Oleg Frolov), National Security and Defense Council (Deputy Secretary Volodymyr Lytvinenko), State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection (Oleksandr Chauzov), Ministry for Information Policy (Deputy Minster Valeriy Zolotukhin), as well as chiefs of specialized units of National Bank of Ukraine, Ministry of Defense, Cyber Police and State Financial Monitoring Service.

The U.S. delegation was led by Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for International Cybersecurity Policy Joshua Steinman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy Robert Strayer, and Deputy Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the Department of State Mic‎hele Markoff. The U.S. delegation also included representatives from the Departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Energy, and Homeland Security, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to supporting cybersecurity in Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch announced at the dialogue that the United States would provide over $5 million in new cyber assistance to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to prevent, mitigate, and respond to cyberattacks.

The dialogue strengthened whole-of-government bilateral cooperation on cybersecurity and cyber policy matters. Recognizing the important nature of cyber threats, participants shared approaches on organizing cybersecurity policy structures and cyber incident response procedures. They discussed ways to protect critical infrastructure and military systems, and exchanged views on cyber confidence building efforts at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Participants also reviewed on-going U.S. cyber assistance efforts in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Delegation has informed American partners in details on consequences and algorithms of recent cyber-attacks over Ukraine’s governmental and financial electronic resources admitting the fact that they obviously became one of the essential elements of the so-called “hybrid war” initiated by Russian Federation against our country.

Both sides also affirmed their commitment to an internet that is open, interoperable, reliable, and secure. They also expressed a shared concern that the most serious malicious cyber activities have the potential to undermine peace, prosperity, and the stability of the international community.

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