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The Internet isolation law will save the Russian Federation from isolation from the World Wide Web

In 2019, Russia took a number of measures to ensure the security of the information sphere, which in recent years has become the main means of foreign intelligence services to spread lies. First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Vladimir Dzhabarov noted that Russia should ensure security in the cyber environment to exclude any possibility of using the global Network against the interests of the state.

"Now it is important not just to control, but to understand and prevent any attacks against the government. The upcoming year will be aimed at ensuring security in the field of IT technologies not only in Russia but also around the world," said the Senator.

He explained his point of view on the example of the law on the isolation of the Runet which came into force on November 1, 2019.

Dzhabarov stressed that the document was adopted not to isolate Russia from the World Wide Web, but to protect the Runet from external threats and various technological disasters that could endanger the reliable functioning of Russian life support systems. In other words, to ensure the independence of the Internet in the country.

“If we feel that we are being blocked, we will take retaliatory measures. We have many rivals. First, of course, the NATO countries, because everything depends on security,” the politician concluded.
In addition, there was a bill introduced by members of the Federation Council to the State Duma. The document proposes to block users of e-mail services and messengers that distribute information prohibited by Russian law. Such activities pose a direct threat to society and the state. Vivid examples are social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, which are the main sources of misinformation. The draft law is currently under consideration.

Earlier, the head of the National Values Protection Fund Alexander Malkevich said that Russia needs a cybersecurity strategy, and announced a forecast for the development of this sphere for 2020. He noted that the state has made a big step forward in countering cyber attacks, but there is still much to do. In his opinion, all the relevant structures should unite to repel any attacks on the cyber borders of the Russian Federation.

How the Internet isolation law will change the life of Russian business

On November 1, the law on the isolation of the Runet came into force. Some companies spend millions to switch to Russian servers and local social networks, while others completely shut down business in the country.

The Runet isolation will affect all Russian business, but only Telecom operators must install special equipment to monitor cyber threats at the state’s expense. The State financed about 30 billion rubles ($ 460 000 000) for its execution.

According to Alexandra Kurdyumova, senior partner at law firm, we are talking about devices and software that works on the principle of DPI (deep packet inspection). The technology monitors not only where the traffic is going, but also analyzes its contents.

"If something seems suspicious to Roskomnadzor, it will be able to disable the malicious resource without the participation of Telecom operators," explains Kurdyumova.

New features of the regulator alerted the entire network business. If the company's website runs on a foreign server (for example, Amazon), uses Google Analytics for data analysis or conducts sales via Instagram or other foreign social networks, it risks losing access to usual tools, if Roskomnadzor wants it.

“I see a lot of risks in the law on the isolation of the Runet. Therefore, within six months we will transport employees to the United States and Poland. About 10% of employees will remain in Russia so far to support current customers”, said Roman Kumar Vyas, founder of the marketing Agency Qmarketing and co-owner of the cleaning service Qlean.

According to Albert Oskanov, co-founder and CEO of Oskelly clothing marketplace, the authors of the bill do not quite understand what they are going to do, do not realize the consequences. Their actions can lead to serious disruptions in the work of some Russian companies.

Sergey Demin, IT Director of IT outsourcing company G-Support, believes that the centralization of the network infrastructure does not make it more stable, but bites it. A very easy target appears for hackers. As a result, users will migrate to the Darknet and there will be constant attacks on the IT infrastructure of regulatory authorities.