RKN published publicly the third version of the register of hosting providers operating in the Russian Federation

RKN published publicly the third version of the register of hosting providers operating in the Russian Federation

On February 5, 2024, Roskomnadzor published publicly the third version of the register of hosting providers for the Russian Federation. The document is at the stage of addition, new lines will appear there after the department checks new applications from hosting companies. From February 1, 2024, organizations in the field of communication that do not enter the RKN register are prohibited from providing hosting services on the territory of Russia. To date, 305 providers are included in the register, several applications from companies in the field of communication are under consideration at the RKN.

From February 1, 2024, the work of hosting providers and organizations in the field of communication, which are not included in the special register of Roskomnadzor, has been banned in Russia. Now the activity of companies not from the RKN register is considered illegal, they cannot legally provide their hosting services to current and new customers near the Russian Federation. All non-registered hosting providers must submit a notification of the start of their activity to the RKN before they start providing services in the Russian Federation. The application for entry into the Register is considered by the department within 15 working days.

The new RKN hosting provider registry file named Svedenija_o_provajderakh_khostinga_vnesennykh_v_reestr_05022024.xlsx has one tab “20231227 test-1703669607473”, in which for each position.

The current register of hosting providers published on the RKN website

Earlier, the mass media reported that foreign organizations did not submit any application to Roskomnadzor for registration as hosting providers in a special register.

In mid-December 2023, media sources said that due to errors in the registration system on the Roskomnadzor website, some hosting providers could not submit a notification to enter the regulator’s registry. Roskomnadzor does not recognize the problem with registration. The agency reported that “they do not record problems with the work of the registry.” “Providers are actively accessing the department’s portal, studying information about regulation and new requirements for their work,” RKN media reported.

At the end of December, the mass media found out that Roskomnadzor rejected 72 applications from companies in the field of communication to enter the registry of hosting providers due to the presence of various errors in registration. The RKN confirmed the situation to the media. The agency added that this happened due to companies submitting forms with insufficient or unreliable information. According to Roskomnadzor, as of December 18, 2023, 346 companies had successfully registered personal accounts on the department’s profile website, 290 of these companies submitted notices for inclusion in the registry of hosting providers, but only 14 of them submitted applications correctly and were immediately included in the registry. 204 applications from companies are being checked by the department. Market participants whose applications have been rejected by RKN have a few days to correct errors in their applications.

On December 1, 2023, the federal law regulating the work of hosting providers entered into force. It sets requirements for information security of hosting providers. In particular, it obliges companies to interact with the state system for detecting, preventing and eliminating the consequences of computer attacks (DerzhSOPKA) and to report computer incidents within 24 hours of their detection.

Hosting providers are also obliged to interact with the CMU SSOP in the framework of countering DDoS attacks, use the National Domain Name System (NDIS), information from the CMU about the location of the use of network addresses, as well as precise time servers (NTP servers) located on the territory of the Russian Federation . In addition, hosting providers will participate in exercises to ensure the stability of the Russian Internet segment.

Hosting providers will be able to serve only those users who have been identified or authenticated by one of the methods approved by the government’s decision, RKN says. This includes authorization through ESIA, the Unified Biometric System, an electronic signature or the service of fast payments of the Bank of Russia.

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