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U.S. Senate introduced bill on strengthening cyber aid to Ukraine

For entry into force, the document must be supported by the Senate and signed by the President of the United States
22:53, 27 February 2018

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The US Senate introduced a bill on strengthening cooperation between Ukraine and the United States in the field of cybersecurity. This is reported in Facebook by the embassy of Ukraine in the United States.

"A bipartisan group of US senators led by Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Patrick Toomey submitted to the Senate a mirror version of the draft law on cooperation with Ukraine on cybersecurity, approved by the House of Representatives on February 7," the embassy said.

It is noted that the document is aimed at providing assistance to Ukraine in improving its own cybersecurity strategy, in particular, with regard to strengthening the protection of computer networks of public authorities, reducing Ukraine's dependence on Russian information and communication technologies; promoting the expansion of Ukraine's participation in cybersecurity information exchange programs and international efforts to counter threats in the worldwide Internet network.

"The bill confirms the commitment of the United States of America to the Charter on Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the United States, the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, the support of our state's cooperation with NATO," the report said.

We recall, recently director of the US National Intelligence Daniel Coates said in his report presented at a hearing in the US Senate Intelligence Committee that within the next year Russia will conduct more powerful cyber attacks and, obviously, will apply them against Ukraine.

On February 5, the US Congress introduced the bill on assistance to Ukraine in the field of cybersecurity. In order for the law to enter into force, it must be approved by the House of Representatives, the Senate and signed by the President of the United States.

A couple of days before, NSDC Secretary Olexander Turchynov announced the launch of the Coordination Center for Responding to Cyber Threats, which will cooperate with colleagues from NATO countries.

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