The two-day Indo-Russian International Scientific Seminar “Concept of Convention on International Information Security” organized at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on March 6, 2012 was kicked off with a call on safeguarding security on cyber space.
The participants emphasised the need for developing the technology and effective cooperation among nations on measures to maintain security to information and communication thereby containing the menace of threats and violations to peace and human rights.
The seminar was jointly organized by Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi, Defence Research and Development Organization and Institute for Information Security Issues, Moscow State University.
Making his keynote address, Dr. Col. Gen. (Retd.) Vladislav P. Sherstuyk, Head of the Russian delegation and Advisor to the Secretary of Security Council of the Russian Federation, Head Organizer of the International Information Security Research Consortium (IISRC), Director, Institute of Information Security Issues of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, noted that today the global community is in the phase of developing a political, legal and institutional framework for responding to security threats in the information and communication technologies domain, and stressed that the primary task is to consolidate the understanding of the information security issue in the minds of the global community and move with this political imperative towards specific proposals.
Positive changes in our world are greatly detained by cyber crime, threats of cyber terrorism and hostile use of information and communication technologies. Russia believes it is time to start a comprehensive discussion of ways to build an international information security system, Dr. V. P. Sherstuyk pointed out. He also stressed the need for the development of a multi-lingual glossary of international information security terminology. In conclusion, he expressed the confidence that our joint efforts during the conference will contribute to a better mutual understanding of international information security problems.
Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, said that the objective of the seminar was the exchange and sharing of views on the Concept of Convention on International Information Security. Underlining the significant coincidence of the seminar, he referred to the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India, the forthcoming BRICS summit in New Delhi in which Russian President Mr. Dmitry Medvedev is participating, and the Festival of Russian Culture in India being organized by the Minisry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
The Head of the Indian delegation, Prof. S. V. Raghavan, Scientific Secretary to the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, while underscoring the crucial importance of the seminar said that maintaining cyber space is a dream of every nation today, and in this respect of containing the menace, consistent Indo-Russian cooperation is a considerable factor to reckon with. The international community has to address the problem of dealing with privacy, safety, human rights, etc., in its concern on information flow through policy, law, enforcement, etc. He hoped that the deliberations of the seminar will pave the way for evolving a code of conduct in this respect.
Addressing the seminar, Mr. Denis Alipov, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, said that Russia was among the first to raise the issue of emerging challenges and threats to the global security and stability posed by the misuse of information and communication technologies in criminal, terrorist and military-political purposes, that became possible with the sweeping progress of cyber space and its growing impact on our daily life.
Aimed at promoting awareness in the field of international information security, Russia, in 1998, initiated a draft resolution “Development in the field of information and communication in the context of international security” which was adopted by the UN General Assembly and afterwards became an annual exercise. Since then, the issue was anchored in the agenda of the UN, CE, OSCE, SCO, G-8, EU, OCST, APEC, ASEAN, ARF and many other dialogue forums and organizations, he added. The UN Group of Government Experts will consider the regulations of the draft Code of Conduct proposed by SCO member-states following the joint work of experts from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kirgizstan.
The present focus of Russia’s efforts on the global stage is to prevent a new round of arms race in the sphere of information and communication technology, Mr. Alipov said. He hoped that the pragmatic ideas born out of the seminar will shape steps needed to be taken to develop a political, legal and institutional framework to effectively tackle threats to cyber security
Dr. K.D. Nayak, Chief Controller, Defence Research and Development Organization, in his address, underlined the importance of security problem presently faced by cyber space, and specifically pointed out that DRDO is and will be contributing to make cyberspace safe for individuals and countries to work safely and would be marching ahead in the pursuit of excellence in Cyber security technologies and systems.