On July 27-28, 2023, the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center at the NSDC of Ukraine, with the support of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Foundation for Civilian Research and Development, held a training for public sector communicators Cyber Communications Workshop: Communications to Strengthen National Cyber Resilience.
Cyber Communications Workshop is aimed at improving the professional skills of public sector communicators. More than 50 representatives of Ukraine’s cybersecurity entities, ministries, government agencies, and critical infrastructure facilities took part in the offline event. More than 100 representatives of the press services of regional military administrations, city administrations and communities from all regions of Ukraine also joined the exercise.
“Communications and information security have become an essential component of public sector activities. Especially now, when russia is waging war against Ukraine simultaneously in physical, information and cyberspace. The Cyber Communications Workshop was an important step towards raising the level of professionalism in the field of cybersecurity and communications, which has a direct impact on national cyber resilience. I am confident that this knowledge and skills will be used in practice and will ensure reliable counteraction to cyber threats and disinformation,” said Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service of the Staff of the NSDC of Ukraine, the NCSCC Secretary Natalia Tkachuk.
The event featured lectures and workshops with practical exercises by representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the Center for Combating Disinformation, the Molfar OSINT community, the Perfect PR communications agency, the Ukrainian Catholic University, AIN media, and the 10 Guards cybersecurity company. Among the main topics:
- cyber hygiene and communication of cyber incidents;
- fact-checking and countering disinformation: learning how to verify the accuracy of information and protect against the spread of fake news
- the pillars of reputation and crisis communications during the war – operational approaches for communicators;
- principles of human communication;
- how to build cooperation with the media to make it as effective as possible.
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