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On December 10, 2013 the joint international seminar Russia-ASEAN Common Agenda in Cyberspace: Tackling Global Threats, Strengthening Cybersecurity, Developing Cooperation was held by PIR Center and the ASEAN Center under MGIMO University.

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  • Affiliation : Head of Strategic Projects, Kaspersky Lab
  • Affiliation : Executive Vice-President for Cooperation with Public Authorities, PJSC VimpelCom
  • Affiliation : Director, ASEAN Center, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Position : Business Consultant on Information Security
  • Affiliation : Сisco Systems
  • Position : Executive Director
  • Affiliation : the Russian-ASEAN Business Council
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Exploring the Horizons of Russia-ASEAN Cooperation in Cyberspace

17.12.2013

MOSCOW, DECEMBER 17, 2013. PIR PRESS – “Today the victims of sophisticated malwares in the ASEAN region are first and utmost diplomats. Compromise of diplomatic dispatches and other confidential data has become one of the prime goals of malware creators in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia as well as in most countries of the region. The threat of strategic cyber espionage gives a common ground to the ASEAN states and Russia - as Russia also witnesses intensive use of advanced cyber espionage tools against its governmental and scientific institutions, defense and nuclear industry enterprises and aerospace contractors,” - Head of Government Relations and Strategic Projects at Kaspersky Lab Andrey Yarnykh.

On December 10, 2013 an extended meeting of PIR Center Advisory Board took place in the Scientific Council Hall of MGIMO University under the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting was conducted as a joint international seminar of PIR Center and the ASEAN Centre in MGIMO University and was dedicated to the topic “Russia-ASEAN Common Agenda in Cyberspace: Tackling Global Threats, Strengthening Cybersecurity, Developing Cooperation”.

The seminar became one of the first in Russia expert discussions with a special focus on the issues of cyber terrorism and cybercrime, geopolitical, military and political threat landscape in the ASEAN region. The emphasis also was made on prospects of Russia’s cooperation with the Asia-Pacific countries in the field of cybersecurity and development of public-private partnerships in the ASEAN region with participation of Russian private enterprises.

The list of speakers of the extended meeting of PIR Center Advisory Board included Security Division Director of the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) under the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of the Kingdom of Thailand Soranun Jiwasurat; Business Development Manager at Cisco Systems Alexey V. Lukatsky; PIR Center President Vladimir A. Orlov; Executive Director of Russia-ASEAN Business Council under the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Victor I. Tarusin; Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board Michael V. Yakushev and the Head of Government Relations and Strategic Projects at Kaspersky Lab Andrey Y. Yarnykh. The representatives of the Russian MFA as well as diplomats from the Embassies of Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia in Moscow also took part in the meeting.

Among key topics discussed at the seminar were common threats to Russia and the ASEAN states arising from cyberspace. According to the Head of GR and Strategic Projects of Kaspersky Lab Andrey Yarnykh, “Today the victims of sophisticated malwares in the ASEAN region are first and utmost diplomats. Compromise of diplomatic dispatches and other confidential data has become one of the prime goals of malware creators in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia as well as in most countries of the region. The threat of strategic cyber espionage gives a common ground to the ASEAN states and Russia as Russia also witnesses intensive use of advanced cyber espionage tools against its governmental and scientific institutions, defense and nuclear industry enterprises and aerospace contractors”.

As the participants of the discussion noticed, apart from common threats Russian and ASEAN do have common interests in strengthening security of cyberspace in global and regional scale. During the discussion a number of participants remarked prominent potential of the Asia Pacific region as market outlet for Russian data encryption software tools - including information security solutions for ICS and SCADA systems – and also as a manufacturing site for Russian computer hardware. Also, the issues was how useful it would be for Russia to adopt the ASEAN states’ experience in building an effective cross-country and regional network of CERTs and fighting cybercrime with active contribution from private enterprises.

Russia, in its turn, could not only promote among its ASEAN partners specific products in the segment of data encryption tools and information security hardware solutions, - but also to share its experience in countering transborder cyber terrorism. That might be done in the format of training activities for law enforcement agencies of the regional states with participation of Russian Ministry of Domestic and the Federal Security Service. Finally, Russia might share its doctrinal and theoretical experience in the field of shaping and promoting a complex and global approach to the issues of use of ICT in the context of international security.

As PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov stressed in his speech at the seminar, “Taking into account the mounting threat of politically motivated cyber attacks in recent years and the increase of tensions around key sore points in the ASEAN region – including disputed islands in the South China sea – Russia becomes more interested in developing a system of trust-building measures in cyberspace with its ASEAN partners. Such a system might be helpful for countering and preventing generation and escalation of conflict potential in the region. Moreover, on a certain stage in the future other states of the ARF or member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) might also join this system to the benefit of regional security in cyberspace”.

Concluding the discussion, its participants including the Executive Director of Russia-ASEAN Business Council Viktor Tarusin stressed the expedience of further expert elaboration of Russia-ASEAN ICT and cybersecurity agenda with the involvement of the representatives of Asia Pacific region, Russian  governmental agencies and private IT-businesses.

PIR Center is actively working on information technology issues in the field of international security within the framework of the program "International Information Security and Global Internet Governance". As a part of the program, a special issue of PIR Center’s Security Index journal No. 1 (104) Spring 2013 "Global Security in the Digital Age,” was published (in Russian). Also, the work on the PIR Center’s non-governmental report – a White Paper on the issues of cyber security and internet governance - is conducted by PIR Center.

On May 30, 2013 PIR Center with the support of the Internet Support Foundation conducted the international seminar “Internet governance after WCIT-2012: Mapping key global trends and assessing Russia’s national interests” which was attended by over 50 leading experts in the field of internet governance and cyber security including senior representatives of ICANN and ITU.

For all issues concerning PIR Center’s program "International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” please contact Program Director Oleg Demidov by phone: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14, or by e-mail: demidov at pircenter.org.


     

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