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The Center of Competence will deal with cybersecurity in media: results of RUTUBE session at SPIEF-2022

17 June 2022

RUTUBE business session "Information struggle: protection of national media sovereignty" was held on June 16, as a part of XXV St. Petersburg International Forum. The discussion was attended by Tatyana Matveeva, general director of Gazprom-Media Holding, head of the Presidential Administration for IT and Communications Infrastructure Development, Alexander Moiseev, RUTUBE general director, Anton Ivanov, director of research and development at Kaspersky Lab, Denis Baranov, general director of Positive Technologies, Nikolai Murashov, deputy director of the National Coordinating Center for Computer Incidents, Igor Lyapunov, vice president of information security at Rostelecom, and others.

The key topics for discussion were a large-scale wave of cyber attacks on the leading media resources of Russia and the need to create a Center for Cybersecurity of the domestic media industry.

Alexander Zharov, CEO of Gazprom-Media Holding: "The problem of cybersecurity is acute in all countries and all companies, without exception. And there is no such thing as absolute security. It is a question of at what point someone will not be the next target in a new dimension of warfare. That's why now, in the face of growing cyber threats, the challenges of improving cybersecurity and information privacy are of paramount importance. And it is only by joining forces and our competencies that we can jointly meet the challenges of the current situation.

One of the central areas of discussion was the RUTUBE case. The cyber attack on the national video hosting site had a great resonance in society and generated a series of rumors about the causes and perpetrators of the incident.

The CEO of RUTUBE, as well as representatives of Positive Technologies and Kaspersky Lab, who took part in the platform recovery and investigation, shed light on the situation.

Alexander Moiseyev, CEO of RUTUBE: "RUTUBE is a complex hyperconverged network. It's difficult to hack it, and it's impossible to delete everything at once. On May 9th the whole "cyber group" - the best IT specialists of the country - gathered in RUTUBE office. In 50 hours we got the service up to 99%. It is important to understand that the number of bookmarks, which could have caused irreversible consequences in the future, was enormous. And we removed them. We are finding new ways of developing unacceptable events. On RUTUBE, we were already catching the second attempted infiltration. Since we assumed this scenario, we successfully repelled them. We have to look in the same direction together.

Anton Ivanov, Kaspersky Lab Director of Research and Development: "According to our threat detection and mitigation service, the number of attacks on media resources has multiplied. While previously the most frequent incidents were DDoS-related, today they are joined by sophisticated targeted cyberattacks that aim to steal or completely destroy data and then stop the platform from functioning. Given the importance of online services and media, it is important to ensure a comprehensive approach and the use of best practices in information security. The good news is that the Russian market has technologies and specialists of the highest level that can ensure the safe and stable operation of such resources.

Denis Baranov, CEO of Positive Technologies: "In recent months, domestic media have been hit by a series of cyber attacks with varying results: from hackers spoofing content on media platforms to attempts to completely bring down the infrastructure and performance of services. Today we can state that domestic media resources are in the same aggressive cyber environment as, for example, the banking industry, and have become one of the key targets of hacker attacks. This is not surprising: a successful attack on the media in terms of its resonance and impact on the audience can be comparable to the implementation of an unacceptable event of the level of, say, a bank processing stop or a power outage in a million-strong city.

The story of RUTUBE, which fell victim to a targeted attack, can be considered one of the most telling: hackers managed to make the service unavailable to users, delete most of its virtual infrastructure and backups. And only a quick joint work of RUTUBE specialists and cyberbase representatives allowed them to avoid disastrous consequences. The experience of national media, and RUTUBE in particular, clearly indicates that the media industry needs to reconsider its attitude to cybersecurity in general, and most importantly - to the map of unacceptable events, to develop specific industry security measures, in which the implementation of unacceptable events (content spoofing, broadcasting violations, etc.) will be guaranteed to be impossible".

Tatiana Matveeva, head of the Presidential Administration for the Development of Information Technology and Communications Infrastructure:"The information war is really going on. The key role of the government is to systematically regulate the industry and support domestic companies. In 2019, the law "on the sovereign Internet" was passed. The system created as part of the implementation of the law today allows us to ensure the safe and sustainable functioning of the basic elements of the infrastructure of the national segment of the Internet. But we understand that in conditions of information confrontation, the quality and quantity of cyber attacks on our Internet resources, including media, will only increase. Given the specifics of mass Internet media, the creation of a specialized industry center for cybersecurity through the consolidation of leading industry companies seems relevant. However, it is important that each individual company should be more conscious of information security issues, including protection of its users from malicious influences.

The speakers agreed that the growth of the total number of cyber attacks on domestic media resources requires consolidation of business and authorities for large-scale joint work to protect Russian media. The creation of a Center of Excellence for cyber security is a priority. It will be responsible for ensuring the information security of Russian companies. First and foremost, this applies to digital media as the most susceptible companies to cyberattacks.

According to 7Days.Ru 

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