Russia needs additional measures to boost its information security amid a surge in cyber attacks against its websites, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
“It is evident that today we need to prepare and implement an array of additional information security measures. First of all, we need to raise the quality of protection of national communications networks and information resources, primarily those used by state structures,” the president told the Russian Security Council.
Putin said that Russia has been “recording a steady growth in cyber attacks on Russian information resources.”
“The number of these attacks has multiplied in the past six months, incomparable with levels recorded during the past year. At the same time, methods, means and tactics of such attacks have improved, and their intensity is directly linked to the current international situation,” the president said.
The Russian leader added that Russia was doing everything to ensure interrupted service of the Russian internet and will gradually close websites promoting violence and extremism.
“I would like to stress that we are not planning to limit access to the Web, put it under total control, make it state-run or limit lawful interests of individuals, public organizations and business in the information sphere,” he said. “This is out of consideration.”