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Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov says Ukraine has made a considerable step toward building a national cybersecurity system.

"Today we have made a big step toward building a national cybersecurity system," Turchynov said at an official ceremony to open the Cyber Threats Response Center established under the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, the NSDC's press service reported.

The Center's technological capabilities allow not only to detect cyberattacks, but also to promptly warn about them, analyze vulnerabilities, anomalies, malware, and viruses, and immediately implement countermeasures, he said.

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"Time and resources are needed to build a complete perimeter of cyber defense," he noted, adding that this task cannot be fully implemented without a partnership between the state and the private sector. "This involves the inclusion of such facilities of critical infrastructure as energy, finance, the transport sector, etc. in the protected circle along with the deployment of the cyber defense system to all regions of Ukraine," he stressed.

Turchynov said the Cyber Threats Response Center should become "the core of the national system of cyber defense of state information resources and critical infrastructure of Ukraine and one of the key components of the operational decision-making by the NSDC National Cybersecurity Coordination Center."

"The crucial point is that the Center is a technical platform for interaction between the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, the SBU, the National Police, which are the structures that ensure cybersecurity in the country. This substantially improves the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement agencies in countering and investigating cybercrime," he added.