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Government, public to hold online discussion over cyber security strategies

Published time: January 12, 2014 02:05
Edited time: January 15, 2014 11:03
Reuters / Pawel Kopczynski

Reuters / Pawel Kopczynski

The Russian government will be having an online discussion with the public to hear what people think about the new cyber security strategy it has developed, the website of the upper chamber of parliament stated.

The online discussion is set to last one month, according to Senator Ruslan Gattarov, who is leading the project.

Afterward, the feedback and new proposals received will be analyzed, incorporated and the new modified strategy will be developed.

The concept of Russia’s cyber security was presented by the Federation Council in April 2013.

Russia’s Interior Ministry and Communications Ministry also took part in the development of the strategy.

The main goal is to get feedback and ideas about how to improve existing laws around information security in Russia.

The document’s authors say their main goal was to “formulate the model of threats to cyber security in Russia” and to define “the directions and measures to counter them.”

However, there are concrete suggestions in the text of the document, which has been posted online for public attention and debate.

For instance, a “cyber education” course is suggested to be introduced in schools and higher education institutions.

Also, it’s proposed to organize special cyber security centers, which will consult citizens and companies on cyber security issues.

In August, the Russian Defense Ministry announced its plans to create a separate branch of military forces, aimed at combating cyber-attacks.

Also in August, President Vladimir Putin signed a document that defined cyber attacks as a major threat to international security. It also suggested that such threats be countered by a special international body.

The topic of cyber security is becoming an ever greater concern for governments around the globe and individuals, in light of the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) global snooping tactics.

Comments (12)


Milan Bilek 20.01.2014 19:52

@Juha Teuvonnen, So you are the "proffesional here?" And recommend that nobody that is not proffesional, like you, should not comment at all on this topic? What an arrogance you show! Why don't you inform and educate those of us that just have worked with different aspects of computers for 30 years, and all you proffesionals, why haven't you come up with the perfect secure solution yet? Just asking? If you are selling for millions of dollars! Why are cybersecurity a bigger problem than ever before? Are you selling insecure security?


Juha Teuvonnen 17.01.2014 16:16

I happen to work for a company that sells millions of dollars worth of cybersecurity gear a year. The suggestions here are quite naive. Cybersecurity is expensive, and should be handled by professionals.


Milan Bilek 16.01.2014 18:26

I am in danger to repeat myself here! But I feel this is an important issue! As I suggested; if you do not produce USB connectors yourself, then use your own illustration, where the connector plug on the USB, was made of a see-thru material,and demand that you want it so, because of the resent revealed NSA way to put radio transmitters in the Insulation cap on an USB connector plug! And for all Cabled stand alone networks: Use fingerprint ID to logon! And no radiosignal can be hidden from beeing measured,when active!

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