US House of Representatives supports bill on US-Ukraine cybersecurity cooperation

Source : 112 Ukraine

The document will help to reduce Ukraine's dependence on Russian information and communication technologies
08:46, 8 February 2018

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U.S. House of Representatives supported the Act on aimed to enhance the U.S.-Ukraine cybersecurity cooperation. 404 deputies voted in favor of the law. This was reported by the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA in Facebook.

“The House passed a ‘Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act’ aimed to promote a more enhanced cooperation of Ukraine and the United States in the area of cybersecurity at the time of the continuing efforts to counter Russian hybrid aggression.” The message says.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly attended the consideration of the bill in the House chamber, it is added.

The legislation is designed to provide Ukraine support to secure government computer networks from malicious cyber intrusions. It is also aimed to provide Ukraine support in reducing reliance on Russian information and communications technology, as well as facilitate Ukraine’s participation in cybersecurity information sharing.

The legislation reaffirms the commitment of the United States to the U.S.–Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership and the Budapest Memorandum on security assurances, as well as U.S. support of cooperation between Ukraine and NATO.

Related: Cyber police: What are Ukrainian virtual cops doing?

The bill has been sponsored by Congressmen Brendan Boyle (D-PA) and cosponsored by Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-R), House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Congressional Ukrainian Caucus members. Before becoming a law, the bill needs to pass the Senate and get signed by the U.S. President.

As it was reported earlier leaders of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives agreed to register in agenda the bill on strengthening cooperation of the United States and Ukraine in cyber-security. The author of the bill is a Congressman Brendan Boyle. He registered the draft law last year. 

Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the law about the basic rules of provision of the country’s cyber security. The document also defines the basic infrastructure objects, which compose critical infrastructure of the country that needs the best possible cyber protection.

Related: Ukraine launches Centre on reacting to cyber threats

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