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Russian National Defense Control Center almost 100% protected from cyber attacks

December 16, 2014, 18:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to the head of Control Systems concern, the most important and secret information is transmitted through alternative communications channels which guarantees its resistance to cyber attacks

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MOSCOW, December 16. /TASS/. The recently created in Russia National Defense Control Center (NDCC) is almost 100% protected from cyber attacks, Director of the Control Systems concern, member of the board of the United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC — a Rostec subsidiary) Andrey Riznyk told TASS in an interview on Tuesday.

“Everything possible and even more has been done for the Center’s information security. All its systems are protected, the general level of the complex’s security is very powerful, I would say nearly 100%,” said Riznyk.

He said that the Center is a big complex with numerous channels of incoming and outgoing information. “Hundreds if not thousands information flows in various directions are going through it. Anyway, there are no absolutely protected systems of this kind in the world, not only in our country,” he said.

According to him, the most important and secret information is transmitted through alternative communications channels by the equipment that differs from the main systems of the Center, which guarantees its resistance to cyber attacks.

According to previous reports, the National Defence Control Center was put on combat duty in Russia on December 1, in line with a decree signed by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. The new Center comprises the Control Center of Strategic Nuclear Forces (which oversees issues of use of weapons of mass destruction), the Combat Control Center (which analyses threats) and the Daily Activities Control Center (which deals with procurement issues).

Shoigu said the Centre was a new tool which “will allow conducting a continuous analysis of the environment and developing means of responding towards changes and rapidly coordinating the activity of federal bodies of the executive power in the defense sphere.” The decision on setting up the Center was approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 8, 2013.

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