In Moscow to discuss Russia’s information security

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Russia’s information security in the digital age will be the main theme opening Thursday in Moscow the 20th annual national forum on information security «Infoforum-2018».

«Stable operation of information systems, communications and communications security are of strategic importance. This is an important factor in ensuring the sovereignty, defence, state security, effective development of economy, social sphere, public administration and advanced, including digital technologies», — said in October 2017, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the enlarged meeting of the Russian security Council dedicated to the security of the information infrastructure of the Russian Federation.

At this forum much attention will be paid to the protection of critical information infrastructure of the Russian Federation from computer attacks, improve the information security of the national payment system, the development of a secure information environment of regions and cities, promising domestic solutions in the field of information security.

The speeches at the «Infoforum-2018» invited the heads of the security Council of the Russian Federation, Federal ministries and departments, State Duma, Federation Council, government staff, administrations of subjects of the Russian Federation, the largest of enterprises and organizations of Russia and foreign countries.

Simultaneously it will address the issues of improvement of legal regulation, the training of qualified personnel that meet the requirements of the digital economy, Internet security and counter the impact of information on users primarily for the youth, with the aim of promoting the ideology of terrorism and extremism.

For the first time at the «Infoforum-2018» will be a panel discussion on the creation of a digital platform of a transport complex and increase the export potential of Russian technologies in the field of information security.

The Agency «RIA Novosti» media group «Russia today» is the General information partner of the «Infoforum-2018».

Threats and risks in information space

Information security is a fundamental component of national security. Special danger, according to experts, is splicing hacking structures with the terrorists and using their capabilities to organize massive cyber attacks on the objects of fuel and energy complex, communications centers, life support systems, which can lead to emergency situations and technogenic catastrophes with numerous human victims and to cause great economic damage to the state.

Experts note the increasing level of threats and risks in the information space. While the negative consequences of hacker attacks has assumed a global character. An example of this has become perfect in may 2017, a large-scale cyber attack using a virus called the extortionist WannaCry that has affected more than 200 thousand users in 150 countries.

In recent years, increased the number of attempts of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure and the financial sector of the Russian Federation. Thus, according to the National Agency for financial studies, the losses of Russian companies from cyber attacks in 2017 are estimated at more than 115 billion rubles.

Russian intelligence services have noted the increased activity of foreign technical intelligence trying to inject malicious software into information systems of state authorities of the Russian Federation.

As stated earlier, the Secretary of the Russian security Council Nikolai Patrushev, the analysis of the situation in the information space indicates a sharp aggravation of confrontation in this area, which discharge from the demonstration of technological superiority goes into the system a massive informational impact with a deliberately destructive purposes.

The Russian information resources in most cases were protected enough, among the negative factors in the security Council of the Russian Federation has been low awareness, lack of necessary qualifications of the staff and poor Internet connection.

The law on protection from hackers

From January 1 this year came into force a law aimed at protecting from hacker attacks critical information infrastructure (CII).

Objects KII is an information system of government agencies, enterprises of the military-industrial complex, healthcare, transport, communications, credit and financial services, energy, fuel, nuclear, aerospace, mining, metallurgy and chemical industry.

The law establishes that the owners and other persons enjoying the right of rent of objects of CUES, must be Russian legal entities or individual entrepreneurs.

Simultaneously, entered into force amendments to the criminal code of the Russian Federation. It is assumed that the hackers who created the virus to attack CUES, will be punished with hard labor for a term up to five years, or by deprivation of liberty for a term from two to five years with a fine of 0,5-1 million rubles or the salary or other income of the convicted person for a period of one year to three years.

Those who used malware to access protected information contained in CUES, if he is inflicting harm to the infrastructure or created a threat of its occurrence, will be punished with hard labor for a term up to five years with a fine of 0,5-1 million rubles or the salary or other income of the convicted person for a period of one year to three years and with restriction of liberty for a term up to two years or without such, or by deprivation of liberty for a term from two to six years.

If the acts have caused serious consequences or created the threat of their occurrence, provides for imprisonment for the term from five till ten years with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term up to five years.

The Agency «RIA Novosti|Russia today» is the General media partner of Infoforum-2018 and provides online broadcasts of news from the forum on the site.

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