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Making the Ukrainian public sector more efficient in combating cyber threats

Updated: May 28

The International Cyber Academy, in partnership with the USAID/ENGAGE program, is conducting a series of cybersecurity trainings for civil society organizations (CSOs). Last week, the second training session took place, designed specifically for specialized IT and cybersecurity professionals.

The main goal of the training is to increase the knowledge and competence of NGO staff in cybersecurity. It aims to provide training on the basics of building cybersecurity systems, security practices, and monitoring systems. 

During the event, participants addressed the following issues: 

  • How to build an effective cyber defense system and what are its main components? 

  • What are the main types of security practices? 

  • How to monitor the security system and who are the participants in the monitoring process? 

  • What is the purpose of cybersecurity testing? 

  • What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment? 

  • How can a website be protected from DDoS attacks? 

Participants were also provided with access to document templates that can be used to develop security policies in their organizations. 

"Increasing the level of cybersecurity of civil society organizations is extremely important, as they are often the weakest link in terms of national cyber resilience. Systematic work in this direction will not only help protect the valuable data of individual organizations, but also strengthen cybersecurity at the national level and counteract sophisticated APT attacks by russian-sponsored hackers," commented Valeriy Tsyupa, President of the International Cyber Academy. 

All training participants gained access to an interactive platform on the Basics of Cyber Hygiene. More than 250 employees from the CSOs involved in the project have already been registered on the platform. 

The trainings for CSOs are part of the USAID/ENGAGE activity, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Pact in Ukraine. 


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