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Cyber-security measures tightened

13 June 2016 [17:31] - TODAY.AZ

/By Azernews/

By Nigar Abbasova

Cyber Security Center under the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies (CERT) has tightened security measures in its effort to protect the state agencies’ information systems from hacker attacks.

The Center does not rule out that hackers may launch a special-purpose attack during the run of European Grand Prix Formula 1(Baku City Circuit) which is scheduled for June 17-19, 2016. In this regard, the Centre has switched to intensified mode of operations to provide high level of security.

Previously, MP Tair Mirkishili mentioned that the country should tighten cyber security measures alongside with the implementation of strategically important projects.

Cyber security raises concern as Azerbaijan is currently engaged in the realization of different large-scale projects.

The issue of cyber security provision is also on the highest agenda of the 28th Annual Conference of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) which kicked off in Seoul on June 12. Among the issues to be discussed within the framework of the forum are cooperation in the sphere of cyber security, cybercrime gangs, the dark side of online advertisements, development of security policy as well as security strategies applied in the incident management.

CERT.gov.az specialists are expected to participate in the general meeting of CERTs which is scheduled for June 18-19.

CERT.gov.az became a partner of FIRST in 2011. This partnership plays an important role in the facilitation of access to global means of fight against cyber crime.

Cyber crime, which stands for the deliberate exploitation of computer systems, technology-dependent enterprises and networks have become an actual reality in Azerbaijan and the country takes steps to contend with this threat.

The number of inquires connected with the computer security in May 2016 amounted to 171 while 90.6 percent of the total number of inquiries made to CERT in May have been considered and solved.

CERT Azerbaijan which was established in 2013 continuously works in the search for greater security. Being a state coordinating body the centre deal with coordinating the action of information infrastructure subjects, reporting about existing and potential risks at country level, educating public, private and other institutions in the field of cyber security and providing methodological assistance to them.

The centre uses brand-new security systems in its effort to repulse cyber attacks and examines practical experience and operation of analogous foreign companies.

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