An international cybersecurity conference took place in Sochi

An international cybersecurity conference took place in Sochi

The conference brought together the main Russian stakeholders of the field of information security in Krasnodar Krai (Kuban) as well as representatives of the international community in order to discuss current trends in the industry. The event was held in a hybrid format; organizers provided participants with the opportunity to connect to the audience via video conference calls. 

The venue was attended by industry leaders and representatives of friendly countries: Belarus, Brazil, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, the UAE, Lebanon, Syria, Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and the Republic of South Africa. 

Krasnodar Deputy Governor Alexander Ruppel greeted participants on behalf of Veniamin Kondratiev, governor of the region, “We can see that the number of security threats facing the global information space keeps growing. Due to current geopolitical challenges, the number of cyberattacks carried out in our country has increased significantly. The purposes of the attacks have transformed as well. Two or three years ago the attacks were carried out mostly in the pursuit of financial gain, whereas now the purpose is to provoke a public outcry, paralyze the operations of social institutions and cause physical damage. Against this background, information resources of state bodies, governmental entities, and private companies must be securely protected.”

At the panel session on “International Cooperation in the Field of Information Security: Strategies, Agreements and New Legal Models,” Chairman of the Board of the Center for Global IT-Cooperation Roman Chukov remarked, “The Global Digital Compact, which is being prepared by order of the UN Secretary-General, will launch the systematization of the best practices in global Internet governance. Russia will be actively engaged in this work by, inter alia, participating in the UN Internet Governance Forum. The Center for Global IT-Cooperation will act as a consolidator of the proposals made by the Russian expert community and promote them at international venues.”

The discussion centered around the development of common approaches to cooperation in the field of global information security; the design of its development strategies; the interaction at various international venues; the challenges of applying the norms of international law to ICT as well as those of universal legal regulation; the countermeasures against the use of ICT for hostile political, military and other destructive purposes; and public-private partnerships in the field of information security.

The discussion was moderated by Dmitry V. Babekin, deputy head of the Department of International Law and Cooperation of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. Head of a division of the Department of International Information Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Olga A. Melnikova; Igor V. Shpyrnya, expert at the Russian Ministry of Defense; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the Russian Federation Alemayehu Tegenu Aargau; Counselor of the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Russia Magigita Joshua John; Vitaly A. Romanovsky, representative of the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research (VC); Vladimir S. Perminov (VC), director of special projects of the Department of the National Cyber Polygon at Rostelecom-Solar; and Alexey A. Abaturov (VC), representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, participated in the panel discussion.

The conference brought together more than 500 persons and 20 large companies in total. Kuban CSC 2022 also hosted the 5th Kuban CTF practical information security tournament.