Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree “On additional measures to ensure the information security of the Russian Federation.” The document, published on the official portal of legal information on May 1, states that it should serve to “increase the stability and security of the functioning of the information resources of the Russian Federation.”
The Russian leader instructed the heads of departments and regions, state funds, state corporations, strategic and backbone enterprises “to entrust the deputy head of the body (organization) with the authority to ensure information security, including the detection, prevention and elimination of the consequences of computer attacks and responding to computer incidents.” In addition, structural units to ensure information security should be created.
The head of state demanded “to provide officials of the Federal Security Service with unhindered access to the bodies (organizations) belonging to them or to the information resources used by them, access to which is provided through the use of the Internet information and telecommunication network.”
Putin also decided to create an IT security unit in every department, institution and backbone organizations.
In addition, the decree prohibits institutions and state-owned companies from January 1, 2025 from using information security tools produced in unfriendly countries.
The president also signed a law that gives the Ministry of Industry and Trade the right to transfer to its subordinate institution the functions of the operator of the state information system of industry (GISP).
Earlier, on March 11, it was reported that the American company NortonLifeLock Inc, the developer of Norton antivirus, had suspended sales and user support in Russia. The Czech developer of anti-virus software Avast, in turn, has suspended sales and marketing of its products in Belarus and Russia.
IT companies began to leave the Russian market due to the sanctions that were imposed by a number of countries after Russia launched an operation to protect the civilian population of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) on February 24. It was preceded by an aggravation of the situation in the region, an appeal by the leadership of the DPR and LPR to the Russian Federation with a request for help, and the subsequent recognition by Russia of the independence of the Donbass republics.
The Ukrainian authorities have been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’etat in Ukraine, since 2014.
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