Government News, Articles and Updates

Japan to Join the NATO CCDCOE in Tallinn

Japan is to join the ATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn, Estonia which the organisation said in a statement will further strengthen the knowledge base and reach of the 20-nation-strong centre.

Proposed law would levy penalties on breached credit reporting agencies

A newly proposed legislation introduced by two Democratic US senators aims to impose stiff, mandatory penalties on credit reporting agencies (CRAs) that fail to protect consumers' sensitive information from data breaches.

Report: Vietnamese unit formed to fight controversial ideas on internet

The Vietnamese government has reportedly deployed a military cyber-warfare unit compromised of more than 10,000 digital soldiers to combat and censor views on the internet that it finds threatening or "wrong."

Trump signs bill banning Kaspersky products into law

US President Donald Trump signed into law the US National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2018, which prohibits US federal use of products and services from Russian-based cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab.

A country of unicorns: Can we learn from innovation in French cyber security?

France is working hard to raise awareness of cyber-security and is focused on developing innovative security technologies, and has has already seen numerous successes and innovative cyber- security projects take off.

Budget: tech & skills investment welcome, why no mention of cyber-security?

The UK Chancellor Philip Hammond, announced his autumn budget today, and while it was a pro-tech budget, he had nothing to say specifically about cyber-security, hence the industry has had a lot to say about his plans.

What the UK needs from its new Defence Secretary in the cybersphere

The most fundamental thing new Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson can do is to lead from the front and foster a nationwide culture of resilience, publicly champion government initiatives and share the lessons of best practice.

FBI hasn't cracked Texas shooter's mobile phone

The FBI hasn't yet broken the phone belonging to a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a Texas church, killing 26 and wounding 24.

Russia bans non-compliant VPNs - a blow to privacy and free speech?

Russia's ban on virtual private network (VPN) services that do not comply with the country's new set of anti-privacy laws took effect a month after Facebook told to store Russian citizens' data on Russian servers or get blocked.

News Feature: LDSC seeks help tackling SME cyber-crime vulnerability

Initially focused on London's SMEs but with advice & support tools for SMEs around the country, the LDSC is seeking partners to improve the ability of small businesses to operate safely online, vital for them and your supply chain.

How your business can survive the cyber-security skills crisis

More than two thirds of companies struggle to recruit the staff necessary to defend themselves; the Center for Cyber Safety and Education suggests a workforce gap of 1.8 million by 2022. What can be done asks Jay Coley.

38% of small business spend 0 on security; only 5% think they're attacked

91 percent of small businesses report that they have not been attacked, and only five percent admit they have; 38 percent spent nothing whatsoever to protect themselves from cyber-security threats this financial year.

Industrial tech security association set up, NCSC calls for cooperation

Last Thursday saw the official launch of the International Operation Technology Security Association (Iotsa) where John Noble, director of network management at the UK's NCSC called for industry cooperation and incident reporting.

US calls for GDPR-style legislation in wake of vast Yahoo breach

The vast Yahoo breach underscores importance of heeding risk factors, renews interest in GDPR-style legislation

Amber Rudd knows nothing about encryption, says Amber Rudd

Nobody expects Rudd to have a PhD in cryptography but she does need to understand how backdooring encryption would disadvantage perfectly legitimate businesses and potentially cost them dearly.

Kaspersky Labs denies report its software was used to hack NSA

Russian hackers used a Kaspersky Labs antivirus product to steal hacking tools from the National Security Agency (NSA), The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, subsequently denied by Eugene Kaspersky.

Stopping a 3rd party IT supplier data breach taking down a government

Government organisations responsible for highly sensitive information must ensure that if they are trusting a third-party IT supplier, they have a comprehensive privileged access management strategy in place says Csaba Krasznay

Evidence of Russian Twitter accounts subverting US election criticised

Twitter's revelation that it had identified about 200 accounts that may have broken its terms of service and were possibly linked to nefarious activity geared toward influencing the 2016 US election criticised in Senate.

Public consultation on Investigatory Powers Tribunal launched

On Friday security minister Ben Wallace launched consultation on the draft revised rules for a six week period during which views are sought on the changes to the rules which govern the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

PM May calls for European cyber-cooperation; Norway joins Nato CCD COE

At the Tallinn Digital Summit, UK Prime Minster Theresa May calls for greater global cooperation to tackle the growing threat of hostile cyber-activity; Norway announces it is joining Nato CCD COE

Cracking the GDPR compliance conundrum in local government

Before you start looking at GDPR you need to understand what PII data you have, where it is, who has access, who it is shared with, and ultimately, how you can best manage it according to GDPR requirements says Julian Cook.

Kaspersky US government ban - what are the reasons behind the decision?

What is the basis for the ban on Kaspersky products being used by US government authorities? Is it retaliation for Russia's foreign software ban, fear of potential government pressure, intelligence on actual threats - or prejudice?

Election systems in 21 US states hit by Russian hackers says government

21 states were told by the US Department of Homeland Security Friday that their election systems had been the targets of hackers representing the Russian government.

Government acts to restrict anonymous communications - legally

Commercial multi-user gateways may only be licensed where the supplier can demonstrate that callers can be identified following Security Minister direction to Ofcom to ensure government access to information.

Saudi Arabia strives to improve its cyber-readiness: Potomac assessment

In the face of external and domestic cyber-security threats, Saudi Arabia is taking significant steps to achieve cyber-readiness, but is being restrained by shortages of appropriately skilled Saudi-labour says Potomac Institute.

FireEye ties APT33 to Iran and attacks on US, Saudi Arabian interests

FireEye has laid out evidence that it believes connects the hacking of several US, Saudi Arabian and South Korean aerospace and petrochemical facilities to an Iranian cyber-group it has labeled APT33.

State surveillance tool uses ISP to deliver malware to privacy seekers

Unnamed major internet providers are reported to be the distribution route for the spread of a new variant of government spyware FinFisher (also known as FinSpy) in two countries, targeting people seeking privacy.

WhatsApp rebuffs government request for backdoor

WhatsApp apparently refused the UK government's entreaties to build what would essentially be a backdoor into its app earlier this year.

US Kasperky ban draws Kremlin rebuke, raises concerns among users

The US government's decision to ban Kaspersky Lab security software raised concerns from users over their own Kaspersky purchases and drew a sharp rebuke from the Kremlin about anti-competitive practices

Shipping organisations get code of practice for tackling cyber threats

Department for Transport launches new Cyber Security code of practice for ships as "Cyber-security ... threatens the reliability and performance of a shipping sector that carries 95 percent of our trade [so] has to be taken seriously."