House Passes Boyle Amendment Encouraging Cybersecurity Cooperation With Ukraine
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment from Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) to encourage cooperation between the United States and Ukraine on matters of cybersecurity, and require State Department reporting to Congress on best practices to protect against future cyber attacks, as part of the Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The amendment is modeled off Boyle’s bipartisan bill, H.R. 1997, the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, which passed the House on February 7, 2018 by a vote of 404-3.
Ukraine has been repeatedly targeted by cyber attacks as a part of ongoing aggression from neighboring Russia. Specifically, the amendment requires the Department of State to report to Congress on the status of U.S. cybersecurity cooperation with Ukraine for the purpose of seeking new areas collaboration and assistance, as well as to pursue cooperation with regional partners and organizations to address shared cyber challenges, to the benefit of both nations.
The NDAA Conference Report, with Boyle’s amendment, now heads to the Senate for likely passage, and ultimately to the President’s desk for his signature into law. Congressman Boyle released the following statement upon House passage:
“For far too long, Russia has been using Ukraine as a field test for cyber attacks that endanger the national security of our great ally, Ukraine, its regional neighbors, and the United States. Helping Ukraine strengthen its cyber defenses will not only protect Ukraine from future attacks, but it will also help the United States develop new and more effective technologies and strategies. As a proud representative of a strong Ukrainian-American communities, I am pleased to advance the strategic interests of both the United States and Ukraine. These days, we must do all we can to support our allies, and cyber is the modern battlefield.”
Congressman Boyle has been an outspoken advocate for robust U.S.-Ukraine relations since elected to Congress. He serves as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, its Subcommittee on the Middle East and North African, and Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.