February 2019
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Develop an international mechanism in combating cyber crime

Denis Sverdlov

Denis Sverdlov

By Denis Sverdlov

Recently Russia has become one of the leading internet powers of the world.  Today in the terms of the use of users of the internet we’re first in Europe and for 4G we’re fourth in the world in terms of the numbers of users.  We’re also very actively developing Russian domain names already today we have more than 5 million Russian domain names in the internet.  Of course we recognise the importance of the development of the internet because it’s one of the most important levers in our economy.

We all know development of the internet increases labour productivity, increases access of small and medium enterprises to trade and  many processes but we need to recognise that there are threat in the internet and we as officials who are responsible for policy, we are obliged to see those challenges, see those threats and make real efforts to counter them.

We see that different countries of the world have adopted different measures to ensuring security but we need to recognise underlying all of these measures the state is playing a leading role in promoting security working with other stakeholders with the business sector with Civil Society and with the community of experts.

Today we need to focus on three specific areas.  The first is the sustainability of local segments. I believe that this is true for all countries of the world because of the trans‑boundary nature of the internet we need to make great effort and pay special attention to the sustainability of local segments in order to ensure the security of those system.

The second element is fighting is cyber crime.  Here again because of the trans‑border nature of internet it is extremely important for us to find way of working together in order to see that the crimes recognised as crimes in the courts of particular countries should be accepted as crimes in other States too.

We need to develop an international mechanism which will allow us to pursue policy in this area of combating cyber crime.

The third area that is very important for us is the international recognition of electronic signatures.  Today in Russia we are developing electronic services very quickly and we already have a large number of citizens and enterprises that have electronic signature on the basis of our standard.  It very important for these electronic signatures to be recognised by other countries of the world but we need a mechanism that would allow us to exchange electronic documents with electronic signatures under local jurisdictions.

The diversity of the objectives facing us means that on our agenda we need to look at lessons learned.  Our dialogue today should also have a practical purpose and we greatly expect from this forum practical results in the areas I have outlined earlier.

We need to come out with specific recommendations which we can all use so that we can apply them in all our countries so that together we can resolve these problems. It should be based on a collectively collaborated on systems of measure of confidence and a multilateral consideration among all countries of the world in order to develop the global network.

The author is former Russian Deputy Communications Minister.