Authorities, state enterprises and banks interested in virtual private VPN-networks to protect Internet connections

Authorities, state enterprises and banks interested in virtual private VPN-networks to protect Internet connections

Tenders are posted on the state procurement website.

Authorities, state enterprises and banks are interested in virtual private VPN-networks to protect Internet connections. On the website of state procurement, there are tenders for the organization and maintenance of VPN for Rosgvardia, the Pension Fund, RusGidro, as well as the Rosselkhozbank, which is headed by Dmitry Patrushev, the son of the head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. Using VPN is one of the ways to securely connect to Telegram messenger, which is blocked by Roskomnadzor from 16 April.

Central district hospitals move to VPN-channels in several regions of the Russian Federation, FSUE State Corporation for the Organization of Air Traffic in the Russian Federation, forest management of the Leningrad Region. Municipal centers for civil defense and emergencies are also planning to use protected communication channels. The amount of money planned to invest on such tenders in the Omsk and Volgograd Regions is almost 8 million rubles (~131.000 USD). Belgorod branch of Dmitry Patrushev’s bank offered almost 10 million rubles (~164.000 USD) for the organization of a VPN-channel.

The Russian MIA’s regional offices also plan to move to virtual private networks. Thus, the MIA’s Main Directorate for the Rostov Region will allocate 37 million rubles (~607.000 USD) for the organization of a VPN.

Petersburg Metro has allocated 246 thousand rubles (~4.000 USD) for providing the sanatorium Baltiysky Bereg (The Baltic Shore) with protected channels. In the contract concluded with the local company, it is indicated that the private network “is necessary for the exchange of information between metro objects and increasing the comfort of tourists in terms of expanding the possibilities of access to the Internet.” A similar purchase of almost 1 million rubles (~16.000 USD) was made by SUE TEK SPB. The documentation says that the company needs VPN channels to protect its communication channels from unauthorized access.

In November 2017, Russia enacted a law banning anonymizers and VPN services. According to the law, for the refusal to restrict access to prohibited content, such services will be blocked. The requirements of the law do not apply to state bodies, local governments and operators of state information systems.

On April 13, the court decided to block Telegram messenger for refusing to provide the FSB with encryption keys for users' correspondence. Founder of the company Pavel Durov said that Telegram will take all possible measures to bypass the blocking. On April 16, Roskomnadzor began a large-scale blocking of IP-addresses used by the messenger, as a result of which many third-party resources suffered: online stores, cloud storages, online games, Viber messenger and the social network Odnoklassniki. More than 16 million IP-addresses of Amazon and Google have been blocked, but Telegram itself continues to work.

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