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IN THE NEWS

Oct 22

Cameron Ortis, a senior RCMP official charged with violating the Security of Information Act and breach of trust for allegedly disclosing secrets to an unknown recipient and planning to reveal additional classified information to an unspecified foreign entity, has been granted bail. The terms of his release include having to live with his parents, reporting to RCMP weekly, and being prohibited from using any Internet-connected devices.

Oct 22

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to fast-track his Brexit deal through Parliament to meet an Oct. 31 deadline has been rejected by MPs despite his threats to press for a general election. The government lost the vote on its “programme motion” which have given them only three days to review a 110-page withdrawal agreement bill.

Oct 22

In a day-after analysis of the Oct. 21 general election, the Angus Reid Institute says that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority win was due mainly to the Liberal Party’s campaign in Ontario.

Oct 22

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's long-standing Prime Minister, says he cannot form a government in the aftermath of September’s general election. The vote ended in a deadlock with the Blue & White Party whose leader, Benny Gantz, will try to put together a government. Netanyahu says Gantz repeatedly rebuffed his proposals for a coalition between their parties.

Oct 22

With 338 seats in the House of Commons at stake in the Oct. 21 general election, the incumbent Liberals under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saw their majority of 177 seats in the last Parliament reduced to a minority 157. The still-unofficial results show the Conservatives under Andrew Scheer increasing their representation to 121 seats from 95. The Bloc Quebecois’ representation increased to 32 seats from 10 with new leader Yves-Francois Blanchet; the New Democratic Party under Jagmeet Singh was reduced to 24 from 39 due to a Bloc resurgence; and the Greens under Elizabeth May increased to three seats from two. The fledgling People’s Party of Canada won no seats, including that of leader Maxime Bernier. One independent candidate was elected: former Liberal cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. There were nine independent MPs in the last Parliament and five seats were vacant at dissolution.

Oct 21

Simplifying and consolidating cybersecurity infrastructure is one of the most significant challenges facing the sector, according to Craig Harber, chief technology officer of the Bethesda-based Fidelis Cybersecurity consultancy. The former Cyber Command and National Security Agency technical officer says the need is more urgent than ever because some cybersecurity investments translate directly to poor security.

Oct 21

The Japanese government is preparing to send its own assets to ensure safe transport of oil through Middle East chokepoints, but not as part of a U.S.-led coalition. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says that while his country, which has maintained relations with Iran, will cooperate with the U.S., has “decided to pursue our own measures separately.”

Oct 19

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is “undaunted” in his push for Britain’s from the European Union despite his newest setback. MPs voted Oct. 19 for further delay but Johnson says he will introduce a bill next week to implement his “excellent” Brexit plan. Ministers have indicated that another vote is possible October 21.

Oct 18

The U.S. Department of Defense Department is close to finalizing a new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework for assessing suppliers’ protection of sensitive data. After extensive feedback since the first draft was released six weeks ago, Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, says the next iteration should be published in the first week of November, setting the stage for a final version in January after further comment.

Oct 18

As it contemplates how to manage the digital identities of all users of the U.S. military's IT infrastructure, the Defense Information Systems Agency is reaching out to the private sector. Its proposed Enterprise Identity Service would store usernames and passwords for employees, vendors and other authorized users in a single record, facilitating broad oversight of digital credentials and online.

Oct 18

The House of Representatives’ homeland security committee has been told that the private sector cannot protect its information technology supply chains without clear information about vendors to avoid. A senior USTelecom executive says the problem is that current laws discourage firms from sharing information about problematic suppliers.

Oct 18

As the Transportation Security Agency ramps up the use of facial recognition technology at U.S. airports, one Democrat in Congress says he’d like a more measured approach. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey has suggested to a Senate subcommittee that current TSA data protections are inadequate and a threat to civil liberties.

Oct 18

Improvements in artificial intelligence technologies means that government procurement agencies need to renew how they approach industry, according to the World Economic Forum. It says in a discussion paper that traditional processes might not be suitable due to new and unique risks to manage and the possibility of unintended consequences.

Oct 18

The World Economic Forum says that while the benefits of digitization are welcome, there is growing debate on how best to tax and regulate digital businesses to optimize economic and societal outcomes. The frequently borderless nature of the business can mean that one country’s actions can have external effects, influencing trade and investment decisions.

Oct 17

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says that although law enforcement is an important source of information during investigations of incidents involving small unmanned aerial systems, there is confusion about how police should respond to those incidents or what information they can shared with inspectors. This is according to a Government Accounting Office report which also faults the FAA for not consistently communicating its needs to law enforcement agencies.

Oct 17

Bucking the US tradition of non-intervention in Canadian elections, former US President Obama stepped into the spotlight to sway voters by saying  "I hope our neighbors to the north support [Justin Trudeau] for another term." This is not Obama's first public endorsement of a foreign leader during elections.

Oct 17

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker confirms that Britain and the European Union have agreed a new Brexit deal. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control.”

Oct 17

The U.S. administration’s Office of Science & Technology Policy says it is trying to foster public trust and build government agencies’ confidence in regulating artificial intelligence technologies. The OSTP’s assistant director for artificial intelligence says in a memorandum that the goal is to establish some common principles and some predictability across agencies in terms of how they think about regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to the use of AI.

Oct 17

The installation of hundreds of cameras with facial recognition capability in Belgrade, part of a local government surveillance program, apparently is causing potential protesters to reconsider their participation in anti-government demonstrations in the Serbian capital. However, despite criticism about eroded personal freedoms and even snooping by China, officials say the system designed by Huawei is helping to reduced crime.

Oct 17

Having found three U.S. diplomats in what it says is a restricted area near a military testing site, Russia plans a formal note of protest. The diplomats were removed from a train Oct. 12 and briefly detained. Although protected by diplomatic immunity, they are accused of not have the special permits foreigners needed to visit the area.

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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