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Senators develop new information security concept

November 29, 2013, 12:12 UTC+3

The concept offers dividing responsibilities for protection in this field between the state, businesses and society

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MOSCOW, November 29. /ITAR-TASS World Service/. The Kommersant newspaper devotes an article to the problem of cyber security.

The daily writes that on Friday the upper chamber of the Russian parliament — the Federation Council — will discuss the Concept of the country’s concept of cyber security strategy. The concept’s authors call for organization of the national system protecting from cyber attacks, for tougher responsibility for cyber crimes and for offering preferences to Russian IT companies. The newspaper’s sources at official authorities claim the document contradicts with the Russian state policy in the information security sphere.

The concept offers dividing responsibilities for protection in this field. The state should be responsible for legal regulations and for coordination of efforts from participants in the process; businesses should be responsible for security of the crucial privately owned infrastructures, implement and follow the standards; the society should raise the level of digital literacy and participate in estimating efforts undertaken by the state and businesses.

The concept’s measures to fight computer attacks against the Russian resources include both state and corporate ones. The authors call for tougher punishment for cyber crimes and for easier cooperation between Russian and foreign law enforcers. The documents suggests offering of an “anti-crisis plan of responding to nation-wide cyber threats.” Russian producers of IT products will receive the state support in taxes and in access international markets.

Kommersant questions officials, who said they were against the very idea of extracting cyber security from the general notion of “information security,” contained in the Russian legal norms. Russia has presented to the UN for further consideration a concept of the convention for international information security, where it describes as threats the actions undertaken “with the purpose to affect the political, economic and social systems of another state, as well as psychological handling of the people.”

Director of Group-IB Ilya Sachkov is sure “Russia requires a strategy of cyber security,” as “the market of cyber crimes in the Russian Federation is enormous.” Group-IB estimates at $1.936 billion the revenues received by cyber criminals in 2012.

Kommersant refers to the international experience. Germany’s national cyber protection agency cooperates with the police, intelligence service and with the federal department for information security. The US international strategy on actions in the cyber space offers elimination of cyber threats by any means — diplomatic, information, military or economic. The Pentagon considers cyber attacks equal to military actions, where a reaction is similar to that against an act of aggression.

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