US Congressmen vote to assist Ukraine in strengthening its cybersecurity

Members of the US Lower House of Parliament advocated that Washington help Kiev to resist "Russia-backed attempts to use disinformation and propaganda in cyberspace"

The House of Representatives of the US Congress approved on February 7 a bill providing for assistance to Ukraine in "confronting Russia" in cyberspace. 404 congressmen voted in favour, three opposed.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives unanimously supported this draft law on December 14. It states that the US should "help the government of Ukraine to improve its cyber security strategy," "support the continuation of Ukraine's cooperation with NATO," as well as political and economic reforms carried out by Kiev.

The draft law mentions the statement of the Ukrainian government that "activity in Russian social networks," including the spread of "pro-Russian propaganda" and certain "operations in cyberspace," poses a threat to the country's national security. The US should help Ukraine resist "Russia-supported attempts to use disinformation and propaganda in cyberspace, including through social networks and other platforms," ​​the authors of the document state.

According to the provisions of the bill, the US Secretary of State "must take the necessary actions and help Ukraine protect its government computer networks," and assist in reducing Kiev's dependence on Russian information and telecommunications technologies." 180 days after the proposed law comes into force, the Secretary of State is required to report to the relevant committees of the Congress on the work done.

Congressman Democrat Brendan Bowley was the author of the initiative. The text of the bill was finalized with the participation of the committee chairman Republican Ed Royce.

As the Washington-based The Hill newspaper notes, "the bill’s path forward in the upper chamber is uncertain. Currently, there is no companion legislation being offered in the Senate."

DONi News Agency