The Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act [H.R. 1997] unanimously passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday in Washington D.C.
Congressmen Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-8) and Brendan Boyle (PA-13) introduced the legislation which, “encourages cooperation between the United States and Ukraine on matters of cybersecurity.”
The Bill also requires the “State Department reporting to Congress on best practices to protest against future cyber attacks.”
According to reports, Ukraine has been the center of increasing cyber-attacks in which undermine democracy and infiltrated state institutions and critical infrastructure.
The Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act of 2017 [H.R. 1997], introduced in early April, states that the U.S. will assist Ukraine in the following:
“(1) provide Ukraine necessary support to increase most advanced security protection on government computers, particularly systems that defend Ukraine’s critical infrastructure; (2) provide Ukraine support to reduce reliance on Russian technology; and (3) help Ukraine to build capacity, expand cybersecurity information sharing, and cooperate in international response efforts.”
While the State Department would commit to the following:
“(1) report to Congress on the status of U.S.-Ukraine cybersecurity cooperation, and (2) pursue regional cooperation to address shared cyber challenges.”
Fitzpatrick, a member of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, believes this is a step in the right direction of the “21st-century battle.”
“Cybersecurity is a complex and serious national and economic security issue for any nation,” Fitzpatrick wrote in a statement. “Standing strong with our time-tested allies in freedom’s cause is liberty’s best defense.”
Boyle wrote the movement of the Bill is a strong message of the Western support for Ukraine, “at a time when it is literally fighting to protect its democratic identity from Putin.”