Havana and Moscow sign a computer cooperation agreement

Havana and Moscow sign a computer cooperation agreementHAVANA, Oct. 6 (DDC) Havana and Moscow signed a computer cooperation agreement Thursday, Sputnik News reported.

The agreement was signed by Russian information technology company RITE and the state-owned Grupo Empresarial de Informática y Comunicaciones (GEIC) of Cuba.

The document was signed in the Cuban capital, within the framework of the Forum of Entrepreneurs and Leaders of Information Technology FELTi 2017.

“Cuban information technology companies such as Desoft, Softel, Segurmática, Tecnomatica – members of the state-owned GEIC – showed interest in cybersecurity systems and data mining software – data mining – developed by RITE, “says Sputnik.

According to Konstantin Dilkó, director of marketing for RITE, quoted by the Russian consortium Rostec, Havana “faces the challenge of responding to hacking attacks that can affect government structures, power stations, airports and other key locations.”

Dilko said that “Russia’s successful experience” in technological solutions against industrial espionage or financial fraud “may be the basis for strengthening Cuban competencies in this area.”

The RITE representative added that the company is ready to “help Cuba to increase its economic efficiency, thanks to the installation of elements of the digital society, such as [projects] Electronic Government and Intelligent Cities.”

It is not the first time so far this year that Havana and Moscow are exchanging on these issues. Last May, a brief note from Sputnik News said that Colonel Alejandro Castro Espín had met with the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Pátrushev, to discuss cooperation in the field of computer security.

Moscow has been in the spotlight over the past few months on issues of cybersecurity and US intelligence accusations of interference in the November 2016 elections.

According to Washington reports, Russian hackers would have influenced the victory of President Donald Trump and the defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton.