U.S., Russia Cyber Hotline

Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 03:06 PM gHale

Russia and the United States want to improve the sharing of information about cyber threats in order to minimize the risk of a crisis, White House officials said.

A working group will assess emerging threats and propose joint countermeasures. Direct communication lines between the two governments, based on the system already in place to prevent nuclear war, are in development at several levels to exchange information on cyber threats.

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As part of the cooperation plan, the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. and its Russian counterpart will exchange information on any malware that appears to originate in the other country.

The Nuclear Risk Reduction Center (NRRC), originally implemented in 1987, will also come into play to improve communication regarding cyber threats. That agency has staffing around the clock and connects the U.S. Department of State to Russia’s Ministry of Defense.

A secure voice connection between the U.S. cyber security coordinator and the Russian deputy secretary of the Security Council is also a part of the plan. It will integrate into the direct hotline that already exists between Moscow and Washington and should prevent a cyber security problem from becoming a bilateral crisis.

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