The management of Gazprom-Media Holding, representatives of IT companies and government agencies came up with an initiative to create a Competence Center for cybersecurity in the media.
On June 16, within the framework of the 25th St. Petersburg International Forum, the RUTUBE business session “Information Struggle: Protecting National Media Sovereignty” was held. The discussion was attended by Aleksandr Zharov, Director General of Gazprom-Media Holding; Tatyana Matveeva, Head of the Presidential Department for the Development of Information Technologies and Communications Infrastructure; Aleksandr Moiseev, General Director of RUTUBE; Anton Ivanov, Director of Research and Development at Kaspersky Lab; Denis Baranov, General Director of Positive Technologies; Nikolay Murashov, Deputy Director of the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents; Igor Lyapunov, Vice President of PJSC Rostelecom for Information Security; and Ruslan Novikov, General Director of the Arguments and Facts publishing house. Session moderator – NTV TV presenter Vadim Takmenev. 
Key topics for discussion were a large-scale wave of cyber attacks on Russia’s leading media resources and the need to create a Cyber Security Center for the Domestic Media Industry.
Aleksandr Zharov, CEO of Gazprom-Media Holding:
“The problem of cybersecurity is acute in all countries and in all companies, without exception. And there is no absolute security. It is a question of when someone will not be the next target in the new dimension of warfare. That is why now, in the face of growing cyber threats, tasks of increasing cyber security and confidentiality of information are of paramount importance. And only by joining forces and our competencies, we can jointly face challenges of the current situation.”
One of the central areas of discussion was the RUTUBE case. The cyber attack on the national video hosting had a great resonance in society and gave rise to a series of rumors about causes and perpetrators of the incident.
CEO of RUTUBE as well as representatives of Positive Technologies and Kaspersky Lab, who took part in platform restoration and investigation, shed light on the situation.
Aleksandr Moiseev, CEO of RUTUBE:
“RUTUBE is a complex hyperconverged network. It is difficult to hack it, it is impossible to delete everything at once. On May 9, the entire “cyber group” gathered at the RUTUBE office – the best IT specialists in the country. In 50 hours, we raised the service by 99%. It is important to understand that the number of bookmarks, which in the future could lead to irreversible consequences, was huge. And we removed them. We find new ways of developing unacceptable events. On RUTUBE, we caught the second penetration attempt. Since we assumed such a scenario, we reflected them successfully. We must look in the same direction together.”
Speakers agreed that growth in the total number of cyber attacks on domestic media resources requires consolidation of business and government for large-scale joint work to protect the Russian media. The priority direction is creation of the Cybersecurity Competence Center. Its powers will include ensuring the information security of Russian companies. First of all, it concerns digital media, as companies most susceptible to cyberattacks.