Russia approves Information Security Doctrine

06
Dec

A new decree ‘On approving the Information Security Doctrine of the Russian Federation’ has been signed into law by President Putin. Among the priorities outlined in the document are improving the system of information security of Russian armed forces and preventing possible armed conflicts resulting from the use of information technologies.

‘In accordance with the defence policy of the Russian Federation, the main priorities in ensuring the information security of the nation’s defence are strategic deterrence and prevention of possible armed conflicts resulting from the use of information technologies’ says the document.

At the same time, the Doctrine acknowledges that intelligence agencies from a number of nations are increasingly using means of information-psychological pressure to destabilise the internal political situation of various regions of the world, which effectively undermines national sovereignty and violates territorial integrity of other states. The document mentions discrimination of Russian media abroad, obstruction of Russian journalists’ professional activities.

Moreover, the Doctrine stresses that this policy is in part an answer to some of the nations increasing their capabilities for exerting informational and technological influence on infrastructure objects for military purposes.

‘One of the negative factors affecting the status of information security is a number of foreign nations increasing their capabilities for exerting informational and technological influence on infrastructure objects for military’ says the document.

According to the Doctrine, coordinated cyberattacks on important Russian facilities are increasing in scale, while intelligence-gathering by foreign nations aimed at Russia is being intensified.

‘The defining feature of the current status of information security in matters of state and public safety is a constant ramping-up of sophistication, scale, and degree of cooperation of cyber attacks on critical information infrastructure, an intensification of intelligence-gathering activities of other nations aimed at the Russian Federation, as well as a growing threat of information technologies being used to damage the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political and social stability of the Russian Federation’ states the document.