Russia and the U.S. have signed a pact affirming that each country will fully disclose their cyber security efforts to reduce the potential for miscommunication and to enhance cooperation on issues such as counter terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
The first of its kind, the pact was announced in a joint statement from U.S. President Barack Obama, and Russian President Vladmir Putin, at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland on Monday, June 17.
“We affirm the importance of cooperation between the United States of America and the Russian Federation for the purpose of enhancing bilateral understanding in this area. We view this cooperation as essential to safeguarding the security of our countries.”
Russia and the United States officials will utilize a 24-hour call center to warn each other of cyber incidents that may be mistaken for an attack. This pact will encourage better cooperation and communications between the countries who have both previously blamed each other for waging cyber attacks.
While many additional details are still in development, cybersecurity experts agree that this pact is a positive development in the fight for cyber security.
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