It requires Russian ISPs to ensure they can continue to function even if disconnected by a foreign aggressor. ISPs in the region are now preparing to test a system that would re-route web traffic in Russian Federation to exchange points controlled by Russia's telecom agency, Roskomnazor, ZDNet says.
Roskomnazor will inspect the traffic to block prohibited content and make sure traffic between Russian users stays inside the country, and is not re-routed uselessly through servers overseas, where it could be intercepted.
There's no official date for when this move might take place, but the BBC reports that it would likely occur before April 1.
The disconnect experiment is being overseen by Russia's Information Security Working Group; its members include Natalya Kaspersky, the co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, which has faced backlash overseas over allegations that the Russian government used Kaspersky Lab products to spy on computers.More news: Mountain Sounds Festival: Police Deny Pressuring Organisers To Cancel
Russian Federation is planning to temporarily cut off internet access throughout the entire country as it prepares for potential cyber warfare.
Finanz.ru also reported that local internet services Mail.ru and Yandex.ru were also supportive of the test disconnection.
Russian internet providers are working with the government to execute this temporary internet blackout.
According to ZDNet, ISPs across the country are concerned that the new law's implementation could cause a "major disruption".More news: Algonquin Power & Utilities (AQN) Attains New 1-Year Low at $20.56
The move has been in the works for years, and is meant to seal Russian Federation off from incoming cyber attacks.
The proposed law, fully endorsed by President Putin, is expected to pass.
The Russian government has agreed to foot the bill and to cover the costs of ISPs modifying their infrastructure and installing new servers for redirecting traffic towards Roskomnazor's approved exchange point. This initiative has been compared to China's Great Firewall, which allows the Chinese government to control the flow of information across the internet.More news: ‘The Lego Movie 2' opens No. 1 but everything is not awesome