Annual Cyber Resilience in Ukraine: Strengthening Ukraine’s Cyber Defenses Conference took place in Kharkiv on Monday, May 13, 2019, organized by the Atlantic Council and the Burisma Group. International politicians and leading experts in information security field discussed worlds’ and Ukraine’s cyber security issues. They underlined that the cyber threats can’t be avoided or limited with geographical boundaries. Thus, it is necessary to work cooperatively to solve the problem.
Among the participants of the discussion were: Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland in 1995-2005, Laura Galante, Senior Strategist and Cyber Lead, Senior Fellow at Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council, Dr. Alina Polyakova, fellow at Brookings Institution, Ireneusz Bil, Secretary General at the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, Director at the Aleksander Kwaśniewski Foundation Amicus Europe.
According to Aleksander Kwaśniewski, we are living in the era of the technological revolution that changes our lives. It creates new kinds of communication together with new threats. “That is why we need to agree to a line of protection from cyber attacks in a common European area,” Mr. Kwaśniewski noted.
“We need to predict the risks and effects of the cyber attacks by countries and individuals because cyber war is not future, it is a reality, that we should work with on a governmental level today,” Alina Polyakova believes.
Discussing the problems of the country’s security, the experts paid special attention to energy security and talked about the possibilities for enhancing energy independence. Kharkiv region is Ukraine’s leader in hydrocarbon extraction and energy potential. The international guests discussed Kharkiv region potential from the perspective of expanding possibilities and attracting investments and international technologies into gas production.
As an example of Ukraine-USA strategic cooperation in the sphere of effective gas mine fields development, the guests noted the experience of Ukraine’s biggest private gas production company – Burisma Group.
After the event, the guests visited the minefields of the Burisma Group with their cutting-edge American equipment, which allows drilling a borehole up to 10 000 meters deep. The foreign experts attended Vodyanovske field with the third borehole being drilled. It’s projected depth is 6 000 meters, with 4 000 meters already drilled. International guests acquainted themselves with technological operating conditions at one of the most innovative drill sites of Ukraine and visited one of the biggest integrated gas refinery unit and leaned its operational peculiarities.
“There are plenty of elements for providing country’s security – education, weaponry, though the ability to independently produce fuel in Ukraine, in this particular case – gas, is truly important,” Joseph Cofer Black, former Director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center.
According to John Herbst, former Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, the biggest country’s achievement was made in gas sector. The country has made a significant step forward to energy independence and prosperity.
American and European diplomats discussed technological operating conditions, technological American equipment used by the Burisma Group. working conditions and tasted field kitchen at Burisma Group drill sites.