SBU boosts tolerance levels for state’s critical infrastructure, jointly with foreign partners
The SBU took part in a round table devoted to the reform of national critical infrastructure, boosting the chemical safety and protection in the east of Ukraine. The OSCE event took place in Kyiv with the assistance of the assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection of the US Internal Security Department, David Wolfe.
The representatives of state structures, local and foreign experts discussed key issues concerning the development of the critical infrastructure protection system in Ukraine and the creation of an effective legislative framework (currently being developed by the Ministry of Economic Development jointly with the SBU and other state bodies).
The experts focused on the cooperation issues between state institutions and the private sector, as well as on the comprehensive risk assessment for key life support facilities - this would help in timely response to possible crisis situations.
Andriy Balashov, the first deputy head of SBU Main Directorate of economic counter-intelligence protection of the state's interests accented on the importance of public discussions of this topic.
“The key task of the security services is providing the stability for all systems and elements of critical infrastructure, identifying and timely removing the threats, ensuring effective methods for risk neutralization”, noted the SBU representative. The official also mentioned that considering the EU-oriented development of our state, we should build up a national system of critical infrastructure protection compliant to the European model, with distribution of power between law enforcement and special bodies.
“The experience of the security services of the EU and NATO member states is extremely important for our country. That is why the SBU is interested in getting for its reform processes the expert, medical and practical assistance from the EU, the US and other countries,” summarized Balashov.
Ukraine’s legislation corresponds to the international standards in the sphere of critical infrastructure protection, providing the legal basis for cooperation of private and state companies in this direction, estimated D. Wolf.
The round table was the second information platform held this year for the discussion of topical issues concerning the protection of critical infrastructure. In April, Yaremche city (UA) welcomed an international conference organised jointly by the SBU and the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine.
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