MOSCOW, February 27 (RAPSI) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed an order extending the powers of the Federal Guard Service. The document copy was published on the official website of legal information.

Under the decree, the Federal Guard Service (FSO) officers will have information warfare powers including detection, prevention and liquidation of cyber attacks against Russian information resources.

Putin also authorized FSO to take part “within the scope of its competence in the state policy implementation with regard to international information security and carrying out of information confrontation measures,” the document reads. Moreover, the Federal Guard Service was empowered to exercise protection of personal data.

Additionally, the Federal Guard Service will be engaged in the organization of personnel training for foreign intelligence agencies for a consideration or free of charge.

The order became effective when signed by the President.