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IFES Offers Recommendations at Coordination Meeting on Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector

Photo: Ministry of Energy and Environment Protection

Photo: Ministry of Energy and Environment Protection 

On October 9, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) presented its comprehensive analysis of Ukraine’s cybersecurity legal framework at a coordination meeting hosted by Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Environment Protection.

IFES’ presentation highlighted gaps in the regulatory framework of Ukraine’s cybersecurity sector and emphasized the need to adjust national legislation in accordance with international obligations. IFES also highlighted the need to harmonize terminology and adopt rules on requirements and procedures for information security audits of critical infrastructure.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Government of Ukraine — including Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Environment Protection, Ministry of Infrastructure, and the Security Service of Ukraine; the energy sphere; academia; international partners, donors and the diplomatic corps. Presentations and discussions covered: the EU legal framework and recommendations for the energy sector; organizational and technical models of cybersecurity in Ukraine; the current state of cybersecurity of three major Ukrainian energy companies; cybersecurity standards and regulations; the concept of an industrial cybersecurity center, which could ensure coordination and support for the implementation of cybersecurity reform of state-owned enterprises within the Ministry’s management; and critical energy infrastructure protection.

The full text of IFES’ “Ukrainian Cybersecurity Legal Framework: Overview and Analysis” can be found via the following link.