This week, Belarus made it possible to transfer domain names through inheritance; Putin signed a new doctrine on Russia’s information security; Ukraine laid the basis for 5G technology; Kazakhstan toughened anti-terrorism laws; Armenian activists dispute handing over personal data of citizens to Russian security services.
1. Belarus introduced amendments to domain registry regulations that will come into effect in March 2017. One of the major changes is that it will become possible to inherit domain names. New rules will also oblige private resellers to work directly with the domain registrars, which is supposed to streamline the registration process.
2. Vladimir Putin signed a new doctrine on Russia’s information security. The 16-page document outlines Russia’s national security protection from cyber threats coming from the inside as well from the outside of the country. The main priorities are the protection of critical infrastructure and independence from foreign software by stimulating domestic IT production.
Experts say that the new doctrine corresponds to realities. However, the government will have to find financial resources as well as implementing partners to execute massive data storage and real-time traffic filtering.
3. Ukrainian mobile operator lifecell:) signed a memorandum on test run of 5G technology with Ericsson and Huawei, the world’s leading suppliers of telecom equipment. Thus, Ukraine will become one of the first countries in the world that tries out the new technology. 5G is expected to be launched in 2019-2020.
4. South Korean cyber security experts will assist the government of Moldova in building the state information security management system. Two countries have collaborated in the past on the national strategy, “Digital Moldova 2020”, and the National Cyber Security programme in 2015.
5. Kazakh parliament passed amendments on toughening the measures to combat terrorism and extremism, particularly stiffening criminal and administrative sanctions.
For example, law enforcement authorities will be able to suspend communication networks and devices if they’re employed in any activity that poses a threat to the national security. There is also a plan to create a single database of IMEI codes of all mobile devices imported to Kazakhstan. The document is to be signed by the president.
6. The debates heated up in Armenia over the news that Russian Federal Security Service gained access to the electronic border control system of the country with the permission from the National Security Service. The e-system has functioned since 2006 and contains data of all transportation vehicles and citizens that crossed the border checkpoints of Armenia. Human rights activists claimed that the access to personal data given to a foreign security agency was against the law.