[ISN] U.S., Russia Forge Cybersecurity Pact

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 00:34:09 -0700 (MST)

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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