If you’ve been following Wallet Weekly for at least a bit, you have most likely realized that blockchain has multiple use cases, not just for moving money from one point to another one.
The internet itself was built as a military network that was later expanded to universities and research centers, and eventually to the general public. While blockchain doesn’t follow this pattern — it started with civil use cases — the technology is being considered for different uses, not all by the general public.
Which leads us to our story du jour…
The Russian Military building a Blockchain Research Lab
The Russian Ministry of Defense has launched a research lab to analyze how blockchain can be used to mitigate cybersecurity attacks, according to the recent report by the local newspaper Izvestia.
Referred to as the ERA, the lab will be looking to determine whether blockchain technology can be used to identify cyber attacks and protect critical infrastructure, according to Russian daily Izvestia. Specifically, it will be working on development of an intelligent system to detect and prevent cyber attacks on important databases.
According to the report, while the research into blockchain tech has already begun, the lab itself is still being developed. The organization has formed a team of information security specialists who will be working in the lab, which is being built in the Russian coastal town of Anapa. Once operational, it will fall under the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation’s Eighth Directorate that is also “dealing with” information security.
Blockchain can help cybersecurity efforts
Alexei Malanov, an antivirus expert at the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, says that blockchain platforms can make it more difficult to hide traces of cyber attacks. Whereas in regular systems, online intruders can clean up access logs to hide traces of unauthorized access to the device, a system utilizing distributed ledger minimizes this risk.
Another expert, German Klimenko — who used to serve as a technology advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin — said that work on blockchain studies has been “useful” for the cybersecurity industry in the nation.
So I guess it make sense for the Russian Military to dive deeper into blockchain. Any thoughts?