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Comprehensive protection of information: a Union State priority
The problem has been under consideration for two decades within the Union State; conferences dedicated to the protection of information have been organised under the aegis of the Union State Standing Committee in Belarus and Russia, in turn. In May 2015, the Belarusian capital hosted its 20th such meeting, featuring public officials and scientists.
The State Secretary of the Union State, Grigory Rapota, notes the importance of the issue, saying, “Improving information security is the most vital issue for the national security of Belarus and Russia, and the Union State as a whole.” With this aim, two major Union State sci-tech programmes were implemented in previous years, aiming to ensure information security. The third such programme is currently being developed and its major goal is to ensure that state and commercial sites enjoy contemporary means and technologies. The new Union State programme will be realised within 4-5 years. Regular conferences of Union State specialists enable us to monitor the level of achievements in this area.
Belarus has achieved solid results in this sphere, with around 200 organisations and enterprises involved in developing corresponding software and hardware support. This activity is co-ordinated by the State Scientific Research Institute for Technical Protection of Information, which also organises relevant Belarusian-Russian conferences on Belarusian territory.
“These always tackle a wide range of problems: technical and normative-legislative,” notes enterprise director Alexander Gorbach. “Belarus is among the most advanced states in this sphere and our mathematical calculations and hardware tools comply with the highest level.”
In 2015, an educational-scientific-production cluster on information technical protection was set up at the Belarusian State University, comprising scientific-research institutes and laboratories, as well as a specialised educational department. The Director of the BSU’s Scientific Research Institute of Applied Problems of Mathematics and Informatics, Yuri Kharin, explains how the new structure works and its purpose. He tells us, “An entire system has been developed for training specialists and scientists in this important sphere, starting from the school bench. Various methods of data encryption are being developed, in addition to national standards. Moreover, protection of information is ensured via cloud technologies.”
Belarusian scientists are co-operating with Russian colleagues, since Russia has one of the world’s leading cryptology schools: a core of the information protection system. Russian scientists demonstrated much new at the Minsk conference, including an original computer system able to greatly enhance information protection, while reducing costs. This may become a new platform for co-operation.
Discussion at the Minsk conference centred around speeches and reports on measures to tackle information protection; the results will be of use in drafting the next Union State sci-tech programme.
By Vladimir Fiodorov