US congress prepares draft bill on cybersecurity assistance for Ukraine

The United States House Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives initiated the provision of cybersecurity assistance to Ukraine, as reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States.

"The House Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives passed the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act of 2017," the report said.

The bill outlines the US policy to provide assistance to the government of Ukraine for improving its own cyber security strategy, in particular in such areas as installing the most modern security updates on the computers of public officials, reducing Ukraine's dependence on Russian technology,  facilitating the expansion of Ukraine's participation in information exchange programs related to cybersecurity and international efforts to counter cyber threats, and Ukraine's development of its own capabilities in the field of cybersecurity.

The document confirms the US commitment to the Charter on Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the United States, the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, and the support of Ukraine's cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

"The implementation of this legislative initiative will be an important contribution to Ukraine’s fight against the hybrid war being waged by the Russian Federation, which continues and a component of which is conducting cyber attacks against our state," the report says.

In November, President Petro Poroshenko met with former Mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, during which he noted the importance of Ukraine-US cooperation in the field of cybersecurity.

  Cyber Security, assistance to Ukraine, US Congress