13 Feb 2023 12:45

USAID allots $60 mln for bolstering cybersecurity in Ukraine

MOSCOW. Feb 13 (Interfax) - The United States Agency for International Security (USAID) will allot $60 million to Ukraine to enhance cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and to support the digital transformation initiative, including the Diia application, the Ukrainian media said with the reference to the Digital Transformation Ministry's statement published on Friday after a meeting of Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Digital Transformation Minister Mikhail Fedorov, USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman and U.S. Ambassador in Kiev Bridget Brink.

"It is an important step towards stable operation of all digital products and your ability to use convenient public services. The support will also help bolster protection of critical infrastructure elements from cyberattacks," Fedorov said on a social network.

The USAID is a reliable partner of the Ukrainian Digital Transformation Ministry, which has launched the Diia application and portal, alongside dozens of other popular services with the Agency's support, he said.

Fedorov said that Diia is a highly secure product, which was proven by a UAH 1 million big bounty for hackers to detect its vulnerabilities, Fedorov said.

He also said that USAID will be cooperating with New Zealand to organize $60-million support for Ukraine. It will also develop partnership with countries assisting Ukraine.