The Russian full-scale and illegal invasion of Ukraine has been a turning point for the global cyber domain and has confirmed the need for enhanced and wider international cooperation. The Working Arrangement builds on the discussion initiated last year in Warsaw during the EU-Ukraine Cybersecurity Dialogue and will be a key item at the next Dialogue.
The partnership was signed by ENISA, the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center (NCCC) and the Administration of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP) on the Ukrainian side.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell said: “The malicious manipulation of information and cyber-attacks is a key element of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Well-known hybrid tactics are being exploited by Russia on a new massive scale, targeting not only Ukraine, but also the European Union. This makes today’s arrangement on enhanced cooperation for cybersecurity even more important. The arrangement is an additional essential component of our overall support to help Ukraine to defend itself against Russia, and of our long-term commitment to Ukraine’s security.”
European Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton stated that “The European Union will continue to support Ukraine in its fight against the Russian aggressor and on its path to membership of the European Union. Today, we bring our cybersecurity agencies closer, launching joint work on prevention of attacks on critical infrastructure, cybersecurity skills and capacity building.”
European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), Executive Director, Juhan Lepassaar, said: “The widespread use of cyberattacks in Russia’s war of aggression has been met with a fierce and resilient defence by our Ukrainian partners. It has also greatly increased our own levels of alertness and preparations in the EU. We are looking forward to implementing this Working Arrangement – ENISA’s first with a partner from outside the EU – in an effort to boost a higher common level of cybersecurity across the Europe and as a contribution to the EU’s continuing support for Ukraine.”
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Head of the National Cyber Security Coordination Center said: “This is a historic day for our nation and definitely an important step on the Ukrainian way to the European Union. Cooperation with ENISA opens up new opportunities for strengthening cooperation in the field of cyber security and sharing best practices with EU states. What is especially important now, when Ukraine is at the forefront of the global cyber war, which the Russian Federation is waging. Joining our efforts will strengthen the European cyber security system, and Ukraine will participate in the formation of strategic approaches and development of new policies in the field of cyber security and cyber defense at the international level.”
State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP) Chairman, Yurii Shchyhol, said: “We highly appreciate the cooperation with ENISA and the support that EU countries provide to Ukraine. Cyberspace has become a full-fledged component of the war that Russia has waged against Ukraine. This war has also given the whole world a clear understanding that the civilized world only together can resist aggression in cyberspace. We are ready to exchange information and share Ukraine’s experience in the world’s first cyber war to help each country become stronger in the face of new threats.”
This arrangement is broad in nature and covers short-term structured cooperation actions, while paving the way for a longer-term alignment of cybersecurity policies and implementation approaches. Cooperation will be sought in the areas of:
- Cyber Awareness & Capacity Building to enhance cyber resilience: including facilitating the participation as third country representatives in specific EU-wide cybersecurity exercises or trainings, possible secondment arrangements, and the sharing and promotion of cyber awareness tools and programmes.
- Best practice exchange to ensure alignment of legislation and implementation; including on key cyber legislation implementation such as NIS2, and sectors such as telecommunications and energy.
- Knowledge and information sharing to increase common situational awareness: including a more systematic sharing of knowledge and information in relation to the cybersecurity threat landscape to increase the common situational awareness to the stakeholders and communities.
A work plan will operationalise the Working Arrangement.
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