President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has approved the law on cybersecurity.
During the Session of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan on Friday, Secretary of the State Security Council, Minister of National Security Yaylym Berdiyev reported on the results of the working group, whom he chairs, on preparation of the draft of the law on cybersecurity.
According to the developed document, communication systems of all forms of ownership are subject to cyber protection. The national information resources are processed in communication systems and used in the interests of the state bodies, local self-government bodies, law enforcement agencies and military units, in the fields of e-management, e-government services, e-commerce, e-document management.
The main purpose of the law is to protect the national cyber-sovereignty. The document defines the order and specifics of information infrastructure security in strategically important spheres. The law complies with the Constitution of the country and meets the requirements of international treaties, signed by Turkmenistan.
In addition to local defense authorities, international organizations are also cooperating with Turkmenistan to facilitate the country's cybersecurity. The prime example of such cooperation is the training of local specialists on protecting energy infrastructure from cyber attacks conducted by Ashgabat office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in October, last year.
Information technology companies operating in Turkmenistan will also provide their services in the field of cybersecurity in accordance with the new Law. One of such companies, Turkmen Transit, launched its cybersecurity division in March.