US GIVEN ‘HANDS OFF’ WARNING BY RUSSIAN CYBER SECURITY EXPERTS

A leading security software developer in Russia has approached the US Government with some friendly advice – and a cautionary word – about the importance of keeping a cool head in dealing with the increasing threats to cyber security.

StarForce Technologies is urging the United States Congress to adopt softly-softly tactics instead of introducing ‘heavy-handed’ legislation to counter the risks to national and international security.

StarForce director Dmitry Guseff has appealed to Greg Walden, chair of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology sub-committee, to use private sector expertise rather than state intervention.

“Cyber security is a major cause for global concern for governments and private enterprise,” says Guseff. He says that moves towards cyber security legislation could be premature – and unwise.

“Racing to legislation would create an excessively burdensome regulatory framework for safeguarding digital systems against attacks. Instead, we urge you to apply a more limited approach without legal impediments, prohibitions and restrictions against sharing critical threat information.”

The Russian company’s advice comes as the US Government considers its response to the threats to communications networks and potential breaches of security.

“State interference in the private sector could be counter-productive,” writes Guseff. “Apart from creating extra barriers which can impede commercial activity, it could reduce dramatically the speed of response.

“State involvement means mandatory certification of security measures. It’s slow, cumbersome and expensive. When protection is needed, it is needed quickly. Transparency and speed are essential and governments with strategies that manage both will gain an upper hand on the cyber security battlefield.”

The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology sub-committee of the US Congress has been holding hearings about cyber security risks and has requested views from interested parties.

 

The full text of the submission from StarForce is set out below:

 

From Russia with Love… and a note of caution for USA authorities on cyber security

 Here in Russia, we read that the US Government is examining closely the threats to communications networks and breaches of security.

Experts are right to advise your Communications and Technology sub-committee about the potential risks to national security. Cyber security is indeed a major cause for global concern for governments and private enterprise.

But is the heavy-handed, legislation-led response the right strategy to adopt at this stage? Maybe, a softly-softly approach (using private sector expertise rather than state intervention) is more appropriate.

StarForce Technologies is among the international market leaders in software protection against hacking and information security. Our software solutions provide worldwide security for copyright and intellectual property systems.

Our feeling is that US Government moves towards cyber security legislation may be premature – and unwise at this time. It could even make the problem worse. So please accept your experts’ warnings against racing to legislation that would create an excessively burdensome regulatory framework for safeguarding digital systems against attacks.

Instead, we urge you to apply a more limited approach without legal impediments, prohibitions and restrictions against sharing critical threat information.

 What is effective information security? Basically, it’s a speed of reaction to a specific threat. It must be quick. State interference in the private sector could be counter-productive. Apart from creating extra barriers which can impede commercial activity, it could reduce dramatically the speed of response.

 Cyber gangs usually have a slight technological advantage over commercial security measures and are far ahead of sluggish state restrictions and regulations.

It’s often said that World War III will be fought in cyberspace – the ultimate technological battle with invisible enemies. Those not 100 per cent protected by cyber-armour will be casualties.

 So, US authorities are right to be looking at timely countermeasures. But state involvement means mandatory certification of security measures. It’s slow, cumbersome and expensive. When protection is needed, it is needed quickly.

Transparency and speed are essential and governments with strategies that manage both will gain an upper hand on the cyber security battlefield.

If our expertise would help, StarForce would love to hear from you.

 

Warm regards

 

Dmitry Guseff

Deputy Marketing Director

StarForce Technologies

 

About StarForce Technologies

 

The StarForce company has the ultimate expertise in software development and digital content protection from copying, hacking and unauthorised use. For more than 10 years StarForce has successfully developed and implemented its state-of-the-art software solutions, providing copyright and intellectual property protection worldwide.

 

Top quality products and excellent customer service distinguish a great company from a mediocre one in today’s world. StarForce not only develops and sells software products but also positions itself as a reliable and responsible partner of all individuals and enterprises incurring losses due to software piracy, unauthorised data access and information leaks.

 

 

 

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