In 2009, at the initiative of the Chief Security and Information Protection Office of the Bank of Russia, the Republic of Bashkortostan hosted the first conference on banking-information security.
The conference was hosted by the National Bank of the Republic of Bashkortostan headed by Rustem Mardanov. The Bank of Russia’s delegation was headed by Mikhail Senatorov, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia.
At that time, over 170 information security experts attended the conference. It demonstrated the relevance of and urgent need for establishing a permanent discussion platform to meet the needs of the banking community, business and regulators, as well as to meet the demand of the wider Russian society for up-to-date information on practical aspects of information security.
Over the past 12 years, the conference has evolved into the Ural Forum, a key industry event on information security in finance organized by the Bank of Russia. The Forum is held with the support and participation of the Federation Council, the State Duma, the Russian Government Central Office, the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, the Russian Federal Security Service, the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control of Russia, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media.
The Forum’s program is constantly becoming more complex, varied and insightful. It attracts more and more interesting and prominent experts.
This is where ambitious ideas and solutions take shape. Proposals put forward by forum participants form the regulatory framework of Russia’s information security industry.
At the 12th Ural Forum, representatives of the Bank of Russia made a number of important announcements regarding the regulator’s measures directed at improvement of cyber resistance of Russian financial organizations, development of safe digital financial services and strengthening of the country’s banking system.
The Forum’s results have significant practical value, underlying new regulatory documents.
The discussion of financial infosec-related challenges resulted in the drafting and further development of such regulatory documents as:
At the invitation of the Bank of Russia, the Forum was attended by representatives of national banks from the CIS and EAEU Member States.
In 2020, at the invitation of the Bank of Russia, the Ural Forum was attended by representatives of the EAEU States (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan), some of the BRICS countries (Brazil and India) and states interested in collaborating with the Bank of Russia in developing common approaches to information security methodology and sharing practical experience, including information exchange through FinCERT (Indonesia, Japan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam).
3-day business program
+ youth day
of banks and NGOs
and round tables
The Forum is traditionally held in the Republic of Bashkortostan, on the shores of Lake Bannoye.
This is one of the largest lakes in Bashkortostan.
The lake is 4.5 km long and 2.5 km wide.
The maximum depth is 30 m.
The Bashkirs, the native people of these places, call the lake Jakti-Koel, which means “Bright Lake.” The legend says that Yemelyan Pugachev was so impressed by the lake that he ordered his army to bathe there. Since then, people have been calling it Bannoye (“bathing place” in Russian).
Five kilometers away lies the largest in the Urals ski center Metallurg-Magnitogorsk, with seven equipped slopes of various complexity for skiing day and night.