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.
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