Communications Network Security Measures To Be Effective Next Month

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently promulgated the Administrative Measures for Communications Network Security Protection to be effective as of 1 March 2010. The Measures provide that communications network operation units shall, in accordance with the requirements of the telecom authorities and standards of communications industry, carry out the work related to communications network security protection and be responsible for their own communications network security. Under the Measures, communications network operation units are required to divide their own communications network units that have been put into service into Class 1 through Class 5 subject to the degree of threat to national security, economic operation, social order and public interest that may be caused by each damaged communications network unit. The Measures clarify that any communications network operation unit that violates any provision of these Measures will be ordered to remedy the situation by the telecom authorities according to its authority and, if the unit refuses to effect such remedy, it shall be given a warning and may be imposed with a fine of more than RMB5,000 but less than RMB30,000.

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