The ministry has initiated a program to enhance cybersecurity by setting up a special unit using a unique research laboratory at the Anapa-based ERA technopark to track the origins of cyber assaults. The unit will use blockchain technology to improve the systems database security.
Kaspersky Lab anti-virus expert Alexey Malanov suggests that blockchain can help to minimize the risks by distributing permission logs, often cleared by hackers to hide their activity. The Russian military has internet-enabled devices and systems which they use for workflow management and accountancy, which make their systems up to now vulnerable to cyber attacks.
The Russian 8th Directorate of General Staff will be responsible for research and development under the new program using the ERA facility. Its normal role is state secret protection and information security. The facility is known for building intelligent systems which detect and prevent computer attacks within the Russian military infrastructure. The facility may become an IT hub for the whole country, according to the government.
Russia is not the only country considering how blockchain may be used to improve the workability of defense and information systems. Both NATO and the Pentagon use blockchain to protect from cyber attacks to safeguard their data systems.
West Virginia’s Secretary of State’s Office announced earlier this year that a new pilot program is being tested that will allow overseas military personnel to vote from their mobile phones. The military personnel will be able to vote via a blockchain-based app using their state ID. The Secretary of State stated that he wanted to offer overseas personnel a mobile, verifiable, transparent, and more secure system than currently exists.
The US navy won’t miss out either. Because blockchain is able to centralize computing power across multiple nodes, it may have numerous applications to enhance military hardware and, according to Coin Central, has the potential to become a feature of battleship systems of the future, by coordinating weapon control and neutralizing threats.
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