Good news... Apparently a decision has been made to continue the utility of out-of-band communication facilities between and betwixt the Kremlin. This time, in the event of a cyber-war emergency, the current implementation of the so-called secure comm channel to Russia (ostensibly our ally...) will include electronic warfare emergencies.
“It’s a very good approach in bilateral relations to decrease tensions,” said Andrey Kulpin, an adviser on international cooperation at the Institute of Information Security Issues at Lomonosov Moscow State University. If either side sees what appears to be a cyberattack from the other, he said,“we have a direct line to discuss that and to have a clear vision that this is not from Russia or the United States.” - via the Washington Posts' Ellen Nakashima