I am delighted to welcome you to the international online cybersecurity training.
It is now been four years since this unique event started bringing together millions of viewers from around the world. It attracts attendance of recognised experts and high professionals as well as leaders of global corporations and international organisations, representatives of IT giants such as IBM and Microsoft, experts from Kaspersky Lab, Rostelecom, Ozon and other known companies. And of course, Russian and international banks are also here.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first manned space flight. At some point we will also be joined by cosmonauts from the International Space Station. Over the years, this industry has gone through significant change. The issue of cybersecurity is becoming a priority. Spacecraft and ground stations require protection from possible attacks as well as secure data communications between space and ground control facilities.
The representative list of participants confirms that the issues discussed at Cyber Polygon are truly important. Addressing cyberthreats and securing our common digital future are among the priorities of every government and company. In the age of digital transformation, this requires developing a constructive dialogue as well as sharing of knowledge and experience, thus jointly creating conditions for the sustainable development of countries and businesses.
Last year brought tremendous changes. It has reshaped the lives of the majority of people. Working from home has become common. Online services are developed and introduced at an accelerated speed. People are spending more and more time online. In this new reality, governments and businesses are focusing on improving life and work environments. Increasing digitalisation shortens customer delivery time for the most advanced ideas.
By the end of 2023 digital transformation will affect 40 percent of the Russian economy and around 650 companies.
At the President’s instruction, within the next two and a half years, all socially significant government and municipal services will be transformed into user-friendly and client centric digital formats. Federal agencies are already upgrading their data infrastructure to make this happen. Regions are also getting involved.
One of the biggest tasks for the government is eliminating digital inequality. In today’s world, free access to the internet, availability of a wide range of information resources, communication via social media and online shopping are important criteria when it comes to the quality of life. We are working hard to achieve full internet penetration in Russia, including the most remote areas. It is planned to accomplish this by 2030. Over a thousand Internet access base stations will be installed in all small towns before the end of this year. Their residents are looking forward to this with great anticipation. The internet is not only a source of information but also a source of more employment opportunities. The number of remote jobs is already growing. Telework is becoming more popular.
The digital industry is changing the job market and other sectors of the economy. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things are extensively implemented in manufacturing, transport infrastructure, healthcare facilities, government bodies and various science-intensive industries. Augmented reality and machine learning are transforming industrial production and the energy sector, creating more environmentally friendly development prospects.
Artificial intelligence accelerates research, enabling faster development of new medical drugs. Expedited development of COVID-19 vaccines would have been impossible without modern technology. Technical vision contributes to space exploration and protecting our planet from disasters.
Digital ecosystems are a new stage of industrial evolution. They help consolidate partners, manufacturers and suppliers, and function as one organism. Countries and major businesses are building digital ecosystems to boost the effectiveness of various services. Some of these networks have millions of clients. The number of companies inside an ecosystem may reach several hundred.
This growing interconnectivity brings cybersecurity of organisations and their clients to the fore. The World Economic Forum has named cyberattacks on critical data infrastructure one of the global technological risks of this year.
Attacks on supply chains have become more frequent in the past years and this alarming trend persists. The first quarter of 2021 saw 51.6 percent more cybercrimes than the year before. Criminal activity across the entire IT industry has grown by 33.7 percent.
Higher security requires understanding existing risks and taking an intelligent approach to cybersecurity strategies. We must use the best industry practices, including those of our foreign partners, and find workable solutions together.
Cybercrime and hacking are global threats that can only be prevented by efforts of the entire international community.
In March 2021, 193 members of the United Nations approved a report of the Open-Ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security. The working group was established at Russia’s initiative.
For many years, our country has called for a common mechanism of tackling cyber threats in the world. Extensive support for this approach indicates that most countries are ready to work together to solve issues of global cyber stability. This opens wider prospects for further cooperation.
Today you are discussing truly important issues. I am confident that your ideas and proposals will help solve many problems currently faced by governments and businesses. Together we can map a safe course of digital development for humankind for years ahead.
I wish you engaging discussions and productive communication.