Azerbaijan strengthening information security in public sector
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 8
By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:
Since last year, the Azerbaijani government has started implementing projects to ensure security in the public sector, Aleksandr Tvaradze, information security director at Financial Chain Corporation, said June 8 at the BIS Summit Baku 2018 conference.
These major and clearly planned projects are aimed at protecting own information, he noted.
“A few years ago, the Azerbaijan Banks Association came up with an interesting initiative to unite the security systems of various banks into an association for the information exchange, however, no concrete steps have been taken so far in this direction,” he said. “Besides, there are several small associations at the level of employees of various companies and IT departments for security. Probably the main problem of all these associations and majority of the information security specialists of other companies is the poor interaction with state bodies. That’s because specialists can protect their system from an attack, but it is possible to punish the attacker only in contact with state bodies, as these state bodies have a well-built network of interaction among different countries in fighting against cybercrime.”
As an example, he mentioned the arrest of an international cybercrime group member who was extradited to Azerbaijan.
“It is worth noting that state bodies have a well-built scheme, and the bank, as an affected party, didn’t hide and provided all the necessary information to state authorities, and thus, in six months, the attacker was extradited to Azerbaijan,” Tvaradze said.
It was earlier reported that a member of an international cybercrime group, a foreign citizen Sergey Petrovichi detained as a result of trials because he was declared internationally wanted, was extradited to Azerbaijan.
He was extradited as part of the criminal case on hacking computer systems of Azerbaijani banks, the transfer of funds, cardless cash withdrawal from ATMs and other illegal acts, as a result of which more than 3 million manats were withdrawn from banks.
The criminal case is underway under articles 177.3.2 (large-scale theft) and 273.4 (illegal interference in the computer system or computer information) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.