Kazakh National Security Committee to protect government agencies from information leaks

ASTANA – The National Security Committee will be equipping government agencies with systems to prevent information leaks. The Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industry scientific and technical council has selected the specific IT security projects.

“At present, the projects are being examined by the Ministry of Education and Science. All of them are related to IT security in one way or another. The budget is providing funding worth 2.7 billion tenge (US$7.2 million) for 2019-2021. One of the defence plants is currently working on a protected computer,” said Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industry committee on information security Chairperson Dmitry Goloburda at a Senate meeting on developing public-private partnerships.

He added the National Security Committee plans to outfit government agencies with the necessary hardware and software starting this year.

The work will be a complete Kazakh product, as the nation has several competent centres in cryptographic information protection.

“They are really capable of producing software and the implementation of very serious, persistent crypto algorithms for embedding into mobile communication systems, information transfer systems or data archiving. Solutions of such a domestic developer are available in the country. It is also available for the civil sector. By the way, it is for the civil sector and more in demand, because we are still looking for ways to encourage government agencies to acquire domestic products. We are trying to change the situation in this sense,” said Goloburda.

Information leaks are not only embarrassing, but also extremely dangerous for any government. Preventing them – whether from accidents or intentional attacks – remains a top priority for the National Security Committee.