International Cybersecurity Leaders Forum on The U.S.-Ukraine Cybersecurity Partnership

On February 7, 2018, the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security convened the International Cybersecurity Leaders Forum for an event on the U.S.-Ukraine Cybersecurity Partnership. Legislators and industry experts discussed the changing threat landscape in cyberspace. Opening remarks from Frank Cilluffo, Director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and Dr. Leo M. Chalupa, Vice President for Research at George Washington University, highlighted that whatever threats Ukraine faces will eventually be seen globally.  

In his keynote remarks Dmytro Shymkiv (Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine) expressed the need for greater collaboration between the U.S. and Ukraine in countering threats in cyberspace and warned of threats cascading from Eastern Europe to the rest of the world. He also warned of the danger of Russian misinformation campaigns and the need for more intensive training and retention of cyber specialists in the government.

In futher keynote statements Congressman Brendan Boyle (Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs) and Robert Strayer (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy at the Department of State) spoke on the United States’ and Ukraine’s common interest in defending cyberspace.

Finally, the audience heard from a panel composed of Matthew Murray (International Lawyer Specializing in National Security Affairs) Scott McCormick (Chief Technology Officer of Alchemy Data), Junaid Islam (Chief Technology Officer and President of Vidder, Inc.), Bob Flores (Former Chief Technology Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency), Oleh Derevianko (Co-Founder and Chairman of Information Systems Security Partners in Kyiv, Ukraine). The panelists all agreed that the future demands greater collaboration between the U.S. and Ukraine in order to better defend against cyber threats. They also discussed how highly-digitized societies like the U.S. and Ukraine face greater risks due to the connectivity between citizens, the public, and private sector. Yet, the panel unanimously agreed that if all industries work together to combat hostility in cyberspace, connectivity can also be the U.S. and Ukraine’s greatest strength.