The nations have agreed to ramp-up cooperation across key cyber security operations in support of shared interests.
The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Ukrainian State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP) have announced the signing of a memorandum of cooperation (MOC).
The MOC aims to strengthen collaboration on shared cyber security priorities, building on an existing relationship which includes:
- information exchanges and sharing of best practices on cyber incidents;
- critical infrastructure security technical exchanges; and
- cyber security training and joint exercises.
CISA director Jen Easterly reflected on the importance of the agreement amid ongoing cyber attacks from Russia as part of its continued aggression.
“I am incredibly pleased to sign this MOC to deepen our cyber security collaboration with our Ukrainian partners,” Easterly said.
“I applaud Ukraine’s heroic efforts to defend its nation against unprecedented Russian cyber aggression and have been incredibly moved by the resiliency and bravery of the Ukrainian people throughout this unprovoked war.
“Cyber threats cross borders and oceans, and so we look forward to building on our existing relationship with SSSCIP to share information and collectively build global resilience against cyber threats.”
Oleksandr Potii, deputy chairman of SSSCIP, welcomed the opportunity to further strengthen cyber cooperation between the nations.
“This memorandum of cooperation represents an enduring partnership and alignment in defending our shared values through increased real-time information sharing across agencies and critical sectors and committed collaboration in cultivating a resilient partnership,” Potii said.
The announcement of the MOC comes just weeks after DTEK Group, Ukraine’s biggest private energy conglomerate, was hit by a Russian hacking group with a cyber attack.
According to the DTEK Group, the hackers aimed to “destabilise the technological processes” of its distribution and generation firms, spread propaganda about the company’s operations and “to leave Ukrainian consumers without electricity”.