This week:

  1. DR Analytica released Russian versions of Cyber Readiness Index 2.0 by Potomac Institute for Policy Studies;
  2. ID may be required to register on social media in Azerbaijan;
  3. Russia and Belarus facilitate the e-Health services;
  4. Moldova is reforming the ministry responsible for ICT;
  5. MTS to test the equipment for Yarovaya Law implementation;
  6. Belarus to establish the interbank system of client identification.

1. Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) 2.0 for Six Countries is Available in Russian

The CRI 2.0 is developed by the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. It assesses a country’s activities and capabilities based on the seven essential elements: national strategy, incident response, e-crime and law enforcement, information sharing, investment in R&D, diplomacy and trade, and defense and crisis response. DR Analytica has published the Russian versions of the CRI 2.0 for the following states: the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan.

DR comments: Many Eurasian countries understand the need to develop robust approaches to the national cybersecurity posture and are starting to develop their own concepts, strategies, Action Plans and legislation. DR Analytica, in partnership with the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, facilitates this process by advising governments and stakeholders on the best practices of cyber-readiness.

2. Azerbaijan May Increase Control Over Children’s Social Media Activity.

Authorities want to protect minors from the harmful effects of dangerous content on the Internet. One of the measures considered is to allow access to social media accounts with an officially-issued ID only.

DR comments: Earlier we announced that similar measures were proposed in Russia. A bill “On the legal regulation of social networks” was submitted to the State Duma in early April.

3. The E-Health Use is Increasing in Russia and Belarus.

The Russian governmental committee on legislation has approved the Ministry of Health’s bill on Telemedicine. The document is designed to create a legal basis for the use of ICT during a remote interaction between doctor and patients, or remote monitoring of a patient’s health status. After the adoption of the bill, Russia will manage a single database which will accumulate all data of medical organizations, public authorities, and electronic medical records. The bill also includes the proposal for digitization of prescriptions for medicines.

Similar legislation is being developed by the Ministry of Health of Belarus. The authorities seek to create an effective mechanism for the use of ICT in medicine. By the end of 2017, all health facilities should be interconnected and able to provide medical appointments even via Skype.

4. Moldova: The Ministry of Information and Communications to Merge with the Ministry of Economy

Moldovan government seeks to optimize its structure. The Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications will be abolished while the new Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure will include departments responsible for the economy, regional development and construction, transport and road infrastructure, information technologies and communications.

5. MTS is Going to Be the First Russian Mobile and Internet Provider to Implement the Yarovaya Law.

MTS is preparing a pilot zone for the implementation of the Yarovaya law in one of the largest Russian cities. The company decided to deploy the available equipment and test its capability.

DR comments: We continue monitoring the Yarovaya Law developments. We expect further updates after the Spring session of the State Duma is over.

6. Belarusian Banks will Provide Remote Services for the Registered Clients.

Starting in October 2017, the Interbank System of Identification (ISI) will be established in Belarus. The ISI will store electronic copies of citizens’ passports linked to the clients’ cell number. Thus, banks could quickly check information about a citizen and provide him/her with their services remotely.