WASHINGTON, May 28 (RIA Novosti) – Global leaders Russia, China and the US, should devise a common framework to address cyber security issues for the sake of preventing disruptions to global commerce, Ralph Winnie of the Eurasia Center told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
“It’s important to bring this issue to a multinational level, getting the leaders of China, Russia and the US to sit down and work out a convention that stipulates actions for the business, because cyber security has sense for constructive trade relations between the countries,” the global business development vice president said, adding that “it is in everybody's interest to work together to insure that you don’t have cyber security attacks.”
Winnie’s premise is that “countries are spying on each other all the time,” meaning that “regulation that would help deal with cyber security” tops the joint global agenda of 21st century challenges.
He proposed a common multinational effort against cyber espionage, commenting on the news that Beijing is allegedly forcing the country’s commercial banks to replace IBM produced servers with a local equivalent over cyber security concerns.
“I think IBM being a global player is going to try to work within the Chinese system,” Winnie speculated, suggesting a scenario similar to Google moving to Hong Kong.
“They [IBM] are not going to allow the Chinese to sort of push them out; they are going to do everything they can to engage on the highest level and trying to maintain the market in China,” he concluded, voicing hopes that IBM would “find a constructive force” to tackle the political collision.
Winnie put the IBM incident in larger perspective, stressing the global need for empowering business to participate in decision-making on priority issues.
“It is time for the business community to stand up and say look we want to compete, we don’t want people to come in and steal our technology, so we demand that from you US, you China and you Russia,” he said.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Chinese government institutions, including the People’s Bank of China and the Ministry of Finance, are reviewing the reliance of domestic commercial banks on IBM servers in an attempt to single out threats to the country’s financial security.
IBM Vice President of Communications Ian Colley told RIA Novosti that the company is unaware of the Chinese government’s decision to halt using IBM servers in the banking industry.