Cyber Security in Armed Forces

By J.R.

The greatest cyber attack on computers was carried out on Friday, 12  May.

The official representative of Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Irina Volk reported that PCs of Ministry on Friday were under virus attack, and about a thousand infected computers were blocked.

After a Russian source, “The Department of IT, Communication and Information Protection of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia detected a virus attack on the personal computers based on Windows. Through the instant measures, about 1, 000 infected computers were blocked, which is less than 1%.” she stated.

According to Irina Volk, server resources of the Ministry were not infected thanks to the use of other operating systems and servers based on Russian processor Elbrus. “At the moment, the virus is restrained, is to be deleted and the anti-virus protection is being updated,” she added.

TASS reported that according to a high-ranking source, besides the servers of Ministry of Internal Affairs, WannaCry virus attacked the computers of Russian Ministry of Defense, but all attacks were promptly detected and immediately blocked.

The source said that all computers of the Ministry of Defense connected to the internet are protected by modern and constantly updated systems of protection developed in Russia, successfully counteracting existing and future cyber attacks.

The source assured the agency that the WannaCry virus “had no eventual chances of damaging the operational control on the troops.”

Unlike France, Great Britain, Germany and many other countries, the Ministry of Defense based the NDCC servers on Russian components, that in no doubt makes the National Defense Control Center the most secure in Europe.

There are only three countries in the world able to create completely protected defence control centres – USA, China and Russia. In other countries, control centres use imported computers and components, which makes them assailable and unprotected from hacking.

At the same time, it is impossible to single out the world leader. Each of these centres is not comparable and use totally different management and decision-making systems.