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IN THE NEWS

Nov 13

>Having made significant investments in cybersecurity over the years, corporate management wants to know how effective that has been in addressing risk. It coincides with regulatory bodies’ are challenging the levels of resilience the private sector claims to have attained.

Nov 13

Dr. Deborah Frincke, the U.S. National Security Agency’s director of research, says the race to develop a true quantum computer could create more security threats by its potential for cracking the odes which secure digital information. Accordingly, she says, it’s time for the U.S. government to begin adapting its security protocols to deal with a threat which could be less than two decades away.

Nov 12

The non-profit International Information System Security Certification Consortium says the demand for cyber expertise has surged as more organizations prioritizing digital security. It says that while there already are some 2.8 million professionals in the field worldwide, the global demand is such that their ranks need to more than double.

Nov 12

Richard Fadden — a former former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, former Deputy Minister of National Defence and former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service — has received the 29th Vimy Award from the Conference of Defence Associations. He used his acceptance speech to say, among other things, that perhaps one of the greatest threats faced by a “dysfunctional” West is a lack of a common threat assessment. Fadden also said China and Russia are strategic adversaries, not just aggressive competitors.

Nov 11

U.S. legislators are proposing legislation they say will enhance science education and cybersecurity programs within federal agencies and eventually cyber defence in general. The bipartisan measure also would include new incentives to drive the recruitment of cybersecurity educators.

Nov 11

The U.S. Justice Department has unveiled an interagency Procurement Collusion Strike Force it says will “deter, detect, investigate, and prosecute antitrust crimes and related criminal schemes.” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen says that when prospective suppliers rig bids for government contracts, it results in inflated prices and added costs for all taxpayers.

Nov 11

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio wants the Department of Defense to look into reports that Chinese surveillance technologies are in use at U.S. military facilities. In a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Rubio says “every day that passes only provides our adversaries additional time to infiltrate and exploit our national security.”

Nov 11

U.S. federal prosecutors say two former Twitter employees used their system access on behalf of Saudi Arabia to collect personal information on dissidents. The Department of Justice says it will not permit U.S. companies or technologies to become “tools of foreign repression."

Nov 11

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reportedly considering the use of self-screening terminals as an answer to frequently long lines at airports. The technology could be made available through the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program which has more than nine million registered users.

Nov 11

A flaw in the Mac and Windows versions of Mozilla’s Firefox browser evidently has been used to dupe users into thinking their systems will be disabled if they don’t take action by calling a toll-free number. Mozilla says it is working on a fix for inclusion in an upcoming Firefox release.

Nov 11

Facebook has disclosed that as many as 100 app developers retained data from user groups on the platform. While the social media giant had changed settings to ensure developers could only see basic information, it recently became aware that some developers maintained access to names and images after the change went into effect.

Nov 11

Nearly 100 contracts will be up for grabs, including a dozen valued at more than $100 million, when the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency’s 2020 budget is finalized.

Nov 08

Bail has been revoked for Cameron Ortis, the senior RCMP official accused of preparing to leak sensitive information. He was granted bail Oct. 22 but an Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered him back into custody until his trial. The reasons for Justice Marc Labrosse’s Nov. 8 decision are under a publication ban, as are details of the Crown’s review application.

Nov 08

Aventura Technologies Inc. of Long Island, N.Y., is alleged to have sold some $20 million in Chinese surveillance and other sensitive security equipment to U.S. customers after claiming they were manufactured in the U.S. Its customers included the Defense and Energy departments. U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said the situation, which has led to a criminal complaint, raises “a grave concern” about cybersecurity.

Nov 01

A data breach last December at The Desjardins Group, a Quebec-based financial services company, is turning out to be worse than previously reported. The number of members of the cooperative affected originally was reported at 2.9 million in June but Desjardins President and CEO Guy Cormier disclosed Nov. 1 that the breach affected 4.2 million members.

Nov 01

A Beijing company’s takeover two years ago of a U.S. social media application which has evolved into the increasingly popular TikTok short-form music video app is facing national security review by the inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Two Senators are leading the charge, alleging that such apps could be used for espionage or become subject to foreign influence.

Nov 01

A cybersecurity report by Forrester Research of Cambridge, Mass., warns that the next decade can expect to see criminals and other “bad actors” to step up their use artificial intelligence and machine learning. It says the potential losses to business could top $250 million in 2020 alone.

Nov 01

Facebook has agreed to pay a £500,000 fine imposed by the British Information Commissioner’s Office over its role in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal. However, the social media giant, without pleading guilty to violating the U.K. Data Protection Act, says it has made major changes since the scandal made headlines internationally.

Nov 01

The advent of the so-called Dark Web evidently is affording criminals more opportunities to conduct their activities in ways which are difficult for law enforcement to track, according to the Rand Corp. The U.S. think tank recently collaborated on a workshop which identified a number of ways to address the challenge.

Nov 01

Senior government officials say the U.S. is seriously lagging on how it can deal with threats to next-generation 5G and supply chain networks. Among other things, they told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that there is neither a comprehensive national plan nor a fully coordinated interagency response.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Oct 22)
FERRY DE KERCKHOVE's picture

One thing is certain from a defence and security perspective – there will be no shortage of paradoxes.

(Sep 25)
JENNIFER STODDART's picture

Voting by secret ballot was an innovation to protect voters, but today's huge databases of information have been making privacy protection a major challenge.

(Aug 25)
JOE VARNER's picture

With the looming threat of conventional wars between great and regional powers appearing increasingly likely, the U.S. should quickly shore up its strategic military alliances.

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