RSPP has suggested to enter criminal liability for cyber attacks

Commission of the Russian Union of Industrialists and entrepreneurs (RSPP) on communication and ICT proposed to introduce criminal liability for executives of companies for acts endangering the security of critical information infrastructure of the Russian Federation. As reported “Interfax” with such proposals, in particular, was made by the General Director of “MegaFon” Sergey Soldatenkov, the head of “Mail of Russia” Dmitry Strashnov.

In early December, the government submitted to the state Duma a package of amendments relating to critical information infrastructure. This term, the bill refers to the infrastructure used by government agencies in the defense, fuel, nuclear, aerospace, mining, metallurgy and chemical industry, and also in the field of health, transport, communications, financial sector, energy sector. Among other things, the bill proposes to amend the criminal code and to envisage the possibility of imprisonment for up to ten years for the creation and distribution of malware, designed to affect the critical information infrastructure. On 27 January the state Duma adopted in the first reading.

“It seems to me excessive criminal liability of heads of businesses. I and my colleagues, this initiative causes concern”, — quotes the words Soldatenkov Agency.

“Operationally running the company, we can often overlook his work, hastily make decisions not in favor of the implementation of the law. Accordingly, for such miscalculations and blunders, criminal liability is excessive,” said in turn Strashnov.

Instead, the Commission RSPP proposes to replace criminal liability to administrative.

The proposal was supported by the Minister of communications and mass communications Nikolay Nikiforov. He noted that the amendment is necessary to make as soon as possible while the document is under consideration.

The Chairman of the Duma Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications Leonid Levin was not able to quickly comment on the proposals of top managers of “MegaFon” and “Mail of Russia”. The representatives of these companies also have not yet answered the questions of the RBC.

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