MOSCOW, April 30. /TASS/. Russia must develop and adopt the Concept of cyber security and facilitate cooperation with other countries in this field, otherwise relations in cyberspace will evolve in accordance with "the internal laws of the only superpower" — the United States, head of the Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev wrote in his blog on Thursday.
The senator recalled that Pentagon had recently released a new version of the US strategy of armed response to cyber threats, which says that the Defence Department plans to retaliate, if necessary, against cyberattacks, adding that "a disruptive, manipulative, or destructive cyberattack could present a significant risk to US economic and national security if lives are lost, property destroyed, policy objectives harmed, or economic interests affected."
According to Kosachev, this could imply both real cyberattacks on the United States and simple "negligence of local economic executives (or even a direct order to them)."
To prevent the American dominance in this field the Russian parliament must resume work on the Concept of cyber security, whose draft was discussed in 2013.
"I think that passing a strategic document in the field of cyber security is long overdue, and I believe this is an issue to be addressed in the near future," Kosachev wrote. "We will initiate new parliamentary hearings on the issue this or next year - there are too many events in this rapidly developing field and too many potential threats, both real and imaginary," he noted.
The parliamentarian pointed to the need to intensify Russia’s cooperation with other countries in the field of cyber security. "Otherwise, attempts will be made to rule the entire world in accordance with the internal laws of one single super power, the way it often happens in out spheres," the senator noted, adding that "American-style cyber unipolarity was an obvious anachronism in the 21st century," since global issues couldn’t be resolved "by decrees from one corner of the globe.".