US sees Poland as regional cybersecurity leader

The US sees Poland as a regional leader in the area of cybersecurity, and the work carried out by Poland and the US will lead to EU security, emphasised US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at a briefing after the end of a US cybersecurity training.

CyberStrike, PolEx and Grid NetWars - the first such cyber-defense training exercises in Europe for specialists in the energy sector - ended on Thursday. The sessions were conducted by American experts and organized by Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne, a Polish electrical power transmission system operator.

Perry underlined that national security and energy security cannot be achieved without cybersecurity and assessed that the private sector would have an increasingly important role in that area.

He also stressed that a large part of energy supplies depend on an infrastructure that may be exposed to cyberattacks. He emphasized that the focus should be on the protection of energy infrastructure, including gas pipelines.

We see Poland as a true leader in this region of the world, when it comes to cybersecurity, said the US energy secretary.

In turn, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher noted that the American embassy was one of the sponsors of the training. She also stressed that security, including cybersecurity, is extremely important to US President Donald Trump.

"These exercises ensure that Poland will be prepared for cyberattacks," added the American ambassador.