Feb
10

What Could be Done about China’s Theft of Intellectual Property?

From: Industry Week

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Hardly a week goes by without a report of Chinese “hacking” or intellectual property theft, so it was no surprise that a published analysis by CrowdStrike, a California-based cyber security company, revealed that China violated its cyber agreement with the United States the very next day after CNBC reported that President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping agreed to not conduct cyber theft of intellectual property on Friday, 25 Sep 2015. President Obama said, “The United States government does not engage in cyber economic espionage for commercial gain, and today I can announce that our two countries have reached a common understanding on a way forward.” However, the U.S.-China agreement “does not prohibit cyber spying for national security purposes.”

Feb
09

Obama seeks 35 percent hike in federal cyber budget to boost defense

From: The Washington Post

President Obama is seeking a 35 percent hike in cybersecurity funding in his final budget to boost the capability of the federal government to defend itself against cyberattacks.

The proposed $19 billion request, which represents one of the largest increases ever sought in this area, comes as Congress and the public have witnessed an alarming series of intrusions in recent years against targets ranging from Target and Sony to the Pentagon and the Office of Personnel Management.

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Feb
05

Dubai’s new data law – tapping a new well

From: JDSupra Business Advisor

by Paul Allen, Eamon HolleyDLA Piper

If data is the new oil, then the Dubai Government is keen to tap the well. Dubai’s recently issued “Dubai Data Law” (the Law) is a one of the latest examples of the progress being made by the Dubai Government to diversify and “future-proof” its economy and society – a strategy brought into even greater focus given the recent backdrop of plummeting oil prices.

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Feb
04

US Government Says Weapons Export Rules Won’t Hurt Cyber Researchers

From: Motherboard

Written by JOSEPH COX

The Obama administration is committed to making sure that controversial proposals regarding the sale of spy software will not interfere with legitimate uses of cybersecurity tools, according to a letter written by the National Security Council.

One of the most contentious debates in information security has been around the Wassenaar Arrangement—a trade pact geared at regulating the flow of conventional arms and dual-use technologies to repressive regimes. Proposals were written to add surveillance software to that agreement, but, with those included, Wassenaar would lead to all sorts of other problems for researchers and cybersecurity more generally.

Feb
03

US to rework arms control rule on exporting hacker tools

From: The News & Observer

The U.S. government is rewriting a proposal under arms control rules from 20 years ago to make it simpler to export tools related to hacking and surveillance software since they are also used to secure computer networks.

The White House said it supports making cyber intrusion tools available overseas for legitimate cybersecurity activities, according to a letter made public Tuesday.

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Feb
01

Help Wanted: 1,000 Cybersecurity Jobs At OPM, Post-Hack Hiring Approved By DHS

From: In Homeland Security

There are one million cybersecurity job openings in 2016. Where are all of those jobs? This week we take a look at the cybersecurity job boom in the U.S. government sector.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered the largest cyber attack over the past year, resulting in the theft of contact records on more than twenty million people including those who applied for government security clearances and went through background checks, and nearly two million spouses and domestic partners of those applicants. As the OPM hack news unraveled, it got worse — revealing that hackers stole the digital fingerprints of more than five million people employed by the U.S. federal government… the same fingerprints that are sometimes used for access to so-called locked down buildings and computers.

Jan
21

Gov’t tries to soothe cyber security permit concerns

From: Globes

Israeli cyber figures held an emergency conference on a draft order imposing supervision on cyber systems exports.

Yuval Azulai

The defense establishment and the National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office are considering a change in the order mandating supervision over exports of cyber systems in an attempt to soothe the heads of the companies doing business in this field. The draft order under which the Ministry of Defense will supervise exports of some cyber systems developed and produced in Israel was revealed last week in “Globes,” creating waves in Israeli cyber companies. According to Defense Export Controls Agency director Dubi Lavi, “It is fairly certain that the final version of the supervision order will be changed. At the same time, we will not suspend measures in this matter, because there is an important need for this supervision. In the framework of changes in the wording, we will sharpen the definitions and issue clarifications.” Lavi did not specify the items in the order in which changes would be made.

Jan
19

New IT regulatory bodies for Singapore

From: Security Asia

By Networks Asia staff

Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) will restructure the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) to form the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and the Government Technology Organisation (GTO).

The agencies will come into effect on April 1, the start of Singapore’s fiscal year,  although they are slated to be fully operational within the second half of 2016 the Government said.

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Jan
15

State CIOs agenda targets cybersecurity

From: CIO

NASCIO’s federal policy agenda for new year looks to expand resources to secure critical infrastructure, recruit top talent and ease the burden of federal regulations.

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The association representing state CIOs has an ambitious policy agenda in the nation’s capital this year, when members and their advocates will be appealing to Congress for help in securing critical infrastructure and for relief from a thicket of federal regulations.

At the top of the list is cybersecurity, perhaps unsurprising given that members of the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) ranked that issue at the top of their own set of operational priorities late last year.

Jan
13

UAE among global top 20 for cyber security

From: Trade Arabia

DUBAI,The UAE ranks 17th in the world for cyber security preparedness, outpacing European countries such as Greece, Ireland, and Portugal, said industry experts.

“The UAEs’ impressive ranking demonstrates the effectiveness of the National Electronic Security Authority’s cyber security outreach, and that the UAE government is one of the most innovative countries in the world in prioritizing cyber security,” said Savitha Bhaskar, COO of IT consultancy and cybersecurity experts Condo Protego.

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