Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, welcomed the initiative to establish a Global Center for Interaction in Cyberspace GC3 and underlined the importance of partnership between the state and the private sector based on trust. He noted the important role of non-governmental institutions acting as an integration platform in this process and wished further success in necessary products development to protect the national information space.
Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov noted that Ukraine has truly made a quantum leap in the development of digital services within the past year and significantly improved interaction with citizens and institutions in online environment. He mentioned that digitalization process had become an irreversible one: «By 2023 all services will be provided by the state in digital format. If some are not provided online – it will be eliminated completely».
The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov stressed that the announced digitalization initiatives generate new tasks and challenges for the Ministry of Internal Affairs to protect the rights and freedoms of citizens in cyberspace. This, in turn, leads not only to the transition of cyber police to a new, more systematic level of interaction with public authorities and the national private sector, but also closer integration to the international ecosystem of a secure digital environment. The Minister noted the important role of the Global Center for Interaction in Cyberspace GC3 in establishment of the conditions necessary for the transformation of cyber police and announced a new cyber police recruitment campaign to effectively implement the long-term strategy of the department.
Andrii Koboliev, Chairman of the Board of NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine”, stressed that the role of critical infrastructure enterprises and challenges and risks faced by the modern manager are fully reconsidered in the transformed digital world: “More than eight hundred cyberattacks are registered against Naftogaz network every day. So we need not only to respond effectively, but also to be proactive when it comes to online space. We are proud that Naftogaz was the first to join the GC3 Global Cyber Interaction Center initiative.” He added that thanks to the cooperation with GC3 in the cyber center of Naftogaz there is now a unique opportunity to exchange up-to-date analytical information and methodological materials in order to counteract the cyber threats.
Participants of the panel discussion "Digital Future: Choice or Verdict?" shared their views on the main challenges their institutions currently are facing and those crucial for the cyberspace in general.
Oleksandr Potii, Deputy Head of the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection, spoke about the current stage of preparation of the Law on Critical Infrastructure Protection. Backed by existing resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers it will allow to properly classify the critical industries and objects with the following audit of its information systems.
Oleksandr Hrynchak, Head of the Cyberpolice Department of Ukraine told about the head-hunting process: “In 2015 we had a very good experience in announcing a competition for the recruitment campaign. Then they designed tests which were broken into two categories: for special agents and operatives. Last year we created a department responsible for HR-strategy and staff selection. And now we are announcing another competition ".
Oleksii Korniichuk, Head of the SSU's Cyber Security Department, spoke about the MISP-UA open platform created by the service to counter cyber threats and exchange data on risks: “Our experience shows that only public-private cooperation can improve the situation. We will be absolutely open when we attract the maximum number of participants ".
A platform for the exchange of information between banking institutions was created on the basis of the National Bank of Ukraine. Anton Kudin, chief expert of the NBU’s Security Department, also added that there were plans to launch a similar platform among non-bank financial institutions as well: “The scope will be significantly extended: payment systems and credit unions. And there are many more challenges and risks. So now we present provisions on the protection of information in non-bank financial institutions for a comprehensive discussion".
The participants of the panel discussion also mentioned the topic of specialized cyber security. Tyson Johnson, head of the Canadian CyberNB Center, noted the prioritized areas in Canadian training programs: “One of the problems is the lack of soft skills, humanitarian competencies for graduates of technical schools and universities. That's why we want to combine humanities and IT courses in a comprehensive curriculum".