Romania will participate as a leader-nation, based on a decision from the National Defense Council (CSAT), in the Trust Fund for developing Ukraine’s cybernetic defense, a fund created through the voluntary involvement of NATO member states, SRI announced on Saturday. Romania first declared itself willing to be the coordinator for the project at the recent NATO summit which was held in Wales.
“Given the context generated by a growing tension in Russian-Ukrainian relations and NATO’s need to strengthen its Eastern border, new measures of security have been implemented, the reason behind creating, through the voluntary participation of NATO member states, a Trust Fund for developing Ukraine’s capabilities in the area of cybernetic defense”, SRI says in a press release.
According to the cited source, the expertise that SRI has in the field of cybernetic defense – appreciated both through domestic projects but also as part of NATO – was fundamental for participating, as a leader-nation, through SRI, in this trust fund.
“Romanian specialists in information security are charged through this quality with defining the technical necessities and the architecture of a security system for protecting critical IT&C infrastructure against cybernetic threats. Also, another responsibility of a leader nation is identifying other NATO members and Trust Fund contributors to secure the necessary financial resources for implementing the project after its definition phase. Last but not least, the leader nation will assure project management and training for Ukrainian specialists to ensure the system yields proper results“, according to the press-release.
In recent months, Bucharest officials have urged the US and NATO to boost their military presence in Romania to ensure stability.
In August, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said that “NATO efforts have to be clearly channelled towards ensuring security in this region and towards clear support for new EU accession countries – for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, and for commitments related to their security”.