Last week the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) announced the completion of the first phase of the NATO Trust Fund’s project on cyber defense for Ukraine.

As a result of the first phase, specially-equipped centers have been created at SBU and the State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine to counter cyber threats.

NATO has allocated €1 million to support the initiative. Partially spent on software and hardware, the funding will also cover professional trainings for the staff.

Ten NATO members, including the USA, Turkey, Portugal, Romania, Albania, Hungary, Italy and Estonia, participated in a tender process to provide necessary equipment, reports Interfax Ukraine based on exchanges with NATO Deputy Secretary and the Ambassador of Romania in NATO Sorin Dukaru.

Declared operational in December 2014, the NATO Trust Fund aims “to provide Ukraine with the necessary support to develop its strictly defensive, CSIRT1-type technical capabilities, including laboratories to investigate cyber security incidents.”

Last month Ukraine experienced one of the most serious cyberattacks in its history.

Source: SBU, NATO, Interfax.