States play leading role in providing for cyber hygiene

Cyber Security Day 2020, an international cybersecurity forum and central event of the Safe Internet Week, took place in Moscow on February 11. It was organized by RAEC and ROCIT. The Coordination Center for TLDs .RU/.РФ was the forum’s official partner.

The Coordination Center’s Head of External Communications Mikhail Anisimov spoke at the opening of Cyber Security Day 2020 about the trends in international information security: “Today we can single out two of the most important trends in this field: firstly, expecting for responsible behavior from different interested parties on the internet. Previously states were mostly considered the main subjects in this area, but today the list also includes the civil society and, particularly, large international businesses. Secondly, the call for states to create the necessary conditions so as to be able to ensure digital security, including by law. There have been such calls before, but today this trend is included in the report of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) established at the initiative of the UN Secretary-General.”

Viktoria Bunchuk, the center’s social project manager, spoke about the GCSC report in more detail. At the section “Social” Websites and Positive in Digits: 2020 Portrait, she presented her report, “Accessibility of positive content as the basic principle of cyber hygiene.”

“The report includes a list of general recommendations on how to make various aspects of work on the internet safe. There is such an article there: “states should enact appropriate measures, including laws and regulations, to ensure basic cyber hygiene.” The idea that cyber hygiene is important is nothing new, but this is one of the first documents that say that cyber hygiene is an important element that defines the cyberspace’s stability and safe use by representatives of different social and age groups. This is the first document that brings the problems to such a high level, when states are offered the opportunity to amongst other things use legislative tools,” Viktoria Bunchuk noted.

Viktoria Bunchuk also spoke about how important it was to ensure cyber hygiene of the socially valuable websites: those that increase media skills and warning users about various cyber threats. As an example, she named the website of the Explore the Internet and Govern It education project for school students and users who are beginners, aimed at developing digital skills and teaching users how to behave safely and properly on the internet. Additionally, she spoke about ways of creating and developing such websites in the .ДЕТИ domain with its monitoring system for the content and hidden vulnerabilities, which helps websites remain safe. Viktoria Bunchuk suggested including these websites on the list of socially important Russian internet services President Vladimir Putin mentioned in his Address to the Federal Assembly.

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