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The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

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Igor Lyapunov

Igor Lyapunov

Vice President for Information Security, Rostelecom
Quotes
14.10.2021
Russian Energy Week 2021
How IT Infrastructure Can Be Secured from Cyber Attacks in Times of Transformation
As for the trends that were [seen] in 2020 and 2021, there has been an increase in the number of threats above all. In 2020, the number of attacks increased compared with 2019, while the quality of these attacks has changed significantly. Whereas in the past the attacks were increasing, but most of them were aimed at commercialization and the theft of funds for the commercial benefit of the attackers, last and this year we have begun seeing attacks that target the facilities of the fuel and energy industry with other motives, such as gaining control over infrastructure
14.10.2021
Russian Energy Week 2021
How IT Infrastructure Can Be Secured from Cyber Attacks in Times of Transformation
The issue of import substitution is an important one [...] On the one hand, companies that already operate a large volume of imported equipment are at a fork in the road: do they need to change equipment for Russian analogues and developments? It’s difficult to do this without any external pressure. Import substitution [...] from the standpoint of cyber security and national security is an important, integral component
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Digital Sovereignty and Cybersecurity
Currently, Russia’s government administration system largely revolves around the approach of having each federal government body being responsible for their department’s security. However, we have actually become, if not a government-administration ecosystem, then an infrastructure which is bound up in IT. Each federal government body and each system is an element of a whole, and of course, whatever level of security currently exists, it is a long way off from being sufficient. <…> Ecosystems need to be protected by ecosystems,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Digital Sovereignty and Cybersecurity
It’s clear that we need to change the overall approach. As I see it, we need to create a new industry which must start offering uninterrupted security services. This is how the industry currently looks to me: we have integrators and we have solution providers, but we do not have organizations dealing with these risks on an ongoing basis,” Maksut Shadaev, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

“Not one of these sectors currently has a centre or a body taking responsibility for <...> security. Initiatives are currently in place – which we support and participate in – to create such centres, which will operate in each sector and coordinate reactions within critical IT infrastructure and ensure protection from attacks,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Digital Sovereignty and Cybersecurity
It may appear that ensuring security is a technical undertaking of sorts. That is not the case. It is invariably an undertaking which needs to be driven by senior management, whether at a government body, or company. And of course, it needs to be supported by a package of measures,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Creating a Trustworthy Environment in Critical Information Infrastructure
When it comes to critical information infrastructure, one of the main entry points is via IT contractors, IT companies, which develop and maintain the IT infrastructure in question,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Creating a Trustworthy Environment in Critical Information Infrastructure
What makes responding to these attacks difficult? In our case, when we have investigated the situation thoroughly, in a group, for example, we find that more than 10 back doors exist in the infrastructure. And if a particular area gets hit by malicious software, then you can be sure that the attacker will have left 10 entry points for themselves,
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Secure Ecosystem Development — What Are the Essentials?
Now we are facing a huge dilemma of how to ensure the security of state systems, and we believe that it is extremely important to centralize this function at the state level. Centralize it in the hands of special services or do it on a commercial basis; now we are looking at international experience, and there are different ways of doing it. <...> But now it is a big dilemma; we need to make this decision to ensure the security of the state ecosystem
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Secure Ecosystem Development — What Are the Essentials?
When we talk about protection, the principle is quite simple: ecosystems must be protected by ecosystems. It is impossible to protect them separately. <...> We are now putting forward an initiative to create a single centre, a unified infrastructure, a kind of a security operation centre that will protect the state ecosystem and state IT infrastructure. In my opinion, this is the only real way to protect an ecosystem of this size
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Secure Ecosystem Development — What Are the Essentials?
Business has absolutely no motivation to ensure the security of critical infrastructure or user data
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Secure Ecosystem Development — What Are the Essentials?
For me, as a security person, the ecosystem is dangerous in two aspects: the first is the accumulation of large amounts of data in one point, and this is often <...> aggravated by all kinds of partner ecosystem programmes. <...> And the second is dependence and all possible hidden dependencies on these ecosystems
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Secure Ecosystem Development — What Are the Essentials?
Cybersecurity is an overregulated area. There are so many documents outlining protection rules and when another incident happens, regulator takes a simple and clear position: ‘Are the rules that bad?’ No, they are excellent, all recommendations are great, but we need to implement them with our own hands
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Secure Ecosystem Development — What Are the Essentials?
We need to understand that any IT development is happening very fast: daily and weekly dozens of new types of attacks appear, and such speed requires adequate protection that in most cases cannot be achieved in state institutions
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Secure Ecosystem Development — What Are the Essentials?
Ecosystems and the state, all state IT systems are not unrelated, separate elements. They form a large, unified ecosystem. <…> And this is also a big challenge <…> they have not yet fully realized that they are an ecosystem. In this sense, attack on one element can affect the whole system
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Exporting Trust: Building Safe Global Digital Infrastructure
This is the exchange of indicators of compromises, it is the exchange of information about attacks that are being carried out. The first thing we will start with, and this is facilitated by Russian legislative initiatives <...> is the building of information exchange and some contours of trust within the country
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Exporting Trust: Building Safe Global Digital Infrastructure
Nowadays the global and Russian markets follow a trend for IT as a service model: you have to provide your technology in the form of a service not in a year after implementation, but right now - in a week or two. <...> We need strong local partners, and data centres must be in the host country - all this means large investments
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Exporting Trust: Building Safe Global Digital Infrastructure
In 2017 global investments in the start-ups of cybersecurity have doubled. <...> Now big players have entered to this market because, on the one hand, they are responsible for ensuring national security, on the other hand, it is, of course, a business interest
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Is Russia Prepared for New Challenges in Cyberspace?
Now Rostelecom as <...> a natural monopolist, holder of a wide telecommunications infrastructure in Russia, initiates the process of analysing and identifying potential threats, potential attacks based on our infrastructure <...> in the early warning mode <...> about attacks on its subscribers
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Is Russia Prepared for New Challenges in Cyberspace?
Today, when we launch major digitalisation projects, cyber security is beyond the scope of this process
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Is Russia Prepared for New Challenges in Cyberspace?
The critical information infrastructure administration, life support systems that manage our cities <…> are unprotected. <…> Critical infrastructure facilities such as energy, life support, are to ward off 10–15 times more attacks (than credit and financial organisations). It reveals the intruders’ interest in life support facilities, and now in cyber It security there is such a thing as politically motivated attacks
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
How Can We Protect Privacy in the Internet of Things Era?
We have disturbing levels of digital illiteracy, and issues of personal cyber security are really pressing