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[ISN] U.S., Russia Forge Cybersecurity Pact
By Elizabeth Montalbano
July 12, 2011
The United States plans to start regularly sharing cybersecurity
information with Russia as part of the Obama administration's efforts to
re-establish closer ties to that country and clear up misconceptions
surrounding the two nations' cyber policies.
Cybersecurity officials from both countries met last month to discuss
policy coordination at a Russian delegation in Washington led by Russian
National Security Council Deputy Secretary Nikolay Klimashin, according
to a White House blog post by U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard
"Both the U.S. and Russia are committed to tackling common cybersecurity
threats while at the same time reducing the chances a misunderstood
incident could negatively affect our relationship," he said.
Misunderstood incidents may include attacks on U.S. government
infrastructure and networks by Russian hackers, who have raised their
threat profile significantly in the last several years. The recent
attacks on networks either owned by or containing information related to
the federal government by Anonymous, LulzSec, and AntiSec hactivist
groups have shed new light on this risk.
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