New federal cyber strategy skirts questions of security vs. privacy

From: CBC News | Analysis

Strategy called vague, ‘disappointing’

Murray Brewster · CBC News


The strategy warns of the need for better encryption to safeguard data — particularly against the lightning advances of quantum computing.

But it also places an extraordinary emphasis on increased national security and combating an explosion in cyber crime, which often stymies authorities by exploiting some of the best encryption available.

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Vietnam’s new cyber security law draws concern for restricting free speech

From: TechCrunch

Jon Russell

Big tech firms including Google,  Facebook and Twitter have expressed major concern after Vietnam’s government passed a law that promises to introduce tighter restrictions on free speech online.

The new regulation passed this week strengthens the government’s position on censoring the internet, drawing Amnesty International to decry that it leaves “no safe place for people to speak freely” in Vietnam. Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) — a group that represents Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Line and others — furthered cautioned that it would harm the development of the country’s digital economy.

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Revisions to Thai Cybersecurity Bill Revealed

From: Lexology

Dhiraphol SuwanprateepPattaraphan PaiboonKritiyanee Buranatrevedhya and Chanaporn Anurukwongkul | Baker McKenzie

After the Cybersecurity Bill (Bill) was approved “in principle” by the Cabinet in 2015, the Bill was revised by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) and presented for public hearing in March 2018. The Bill provides criteria for maintaining national security, military security, domestic peace, and economic security in the cyber environment, establishes the National Cybersecurity Committee (NCSC) to deal with cyber attacks in Thailand, and prescribes penalties for non-compliance.


The National Cyber Security Centre takes a co-ordinated approach

From: Government Europa

At March 2018’s SCTX event, held in London, UK, Government Europaheard Hans de Vries, Head of the National Cyber Security Centre, the Netherlands, talk about the cyber threat to government agencies.

Following publication of 2018’s National Strategic Assessment (NSA) of Serious and Organised Crime by the National Crime Agency (NCA), the scale of cyber-crime in the UK is still reported to be rising, both in terms of scale and complexity. However, under-reporting of data breaches means that such assessments are unable to provide an accurate image as to the true scale of the problem.


How Japan’s New Cybersecurity Strategy Will Bring the Country Up to Par With the Rest of the World

From: Council on Foreign Relations

Corporate data shows that Japanese companies lag behind their U.S. and European counterparts when it comes to cybersecurity. The government’s new cybersecurity strategy aims to change that. 

Mihoko Matsubara is an adjunct fellow at the Pacific Forum

Japan’s government recently launched an outline of its next cybersecurity strategy (in Japanese). The document is meant to both signal Japan’s cybersecurity priorities and solicit feedback from industry and civil society prior to the strategy’s release this summer. The government has updated its strategy every few years since the first one was released in 2013. The new strategy aims to improve the cybersecurity of Japanese critical infrastructure and encourage Japanese business to pursue cybersecurity best practices, both of which will help Japan’s economic growth and innovation.


With fears of full-scale cyberwar, questions of attribution arise


Script kiddies and credential stuffers aside, the increase in nation-state activity and cyberespionage threats have begun to plague organizations across sectors.


How UK Government Policy and Regulation Ensure Cybersecurity Investment Continues To Thrive

From: InfoSecurity-Magazine.com

Senior strategic partner, Europe, Paladin Capital Group


That said, the UK stands in a respectable third place behind Israel and far ahead of all other European counties. It is also poised to accelerate its in-country and global cybersecurity investments and leadership.

Cybersecurity is becoming an important engine for the creation of British jobs and is a strategically important sector for the country’s defense. According to data cited in a recently published government cybersecurity strategy paper, the size of UK cybersecurity exports alone is expected to rise from £750 million in 2017 to £2.6 billion by 2021.


White House Assures Google, Goldman AI Won’t Get Heavy Hand

From: Bloomberg

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The White House unveiled a hands-off regulatory approach to foster the development of artificial intelligence at a gathering of more than 40 companies in Washington Thursday.

A top White House technology adviser, Michael Kratsios, told representatives of companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc.Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Boeing Co. that they’ll have the greatest possible latitude to develop AI, according to a copy of his remarks that was provided to Bloomberg.

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Canada Releases New Data Breach Regulations

From: The National Law Review

ARTICLE BY Dena M. Castricone Daniel J. Kagan | Murtha Cullina

In a recent post, we discussed the Canadian Cabinet’s announcement that Canada’s new data breach regulations go into effect on November 1, 2018. Despite announcing the effective date, Canada had not yet finalized these regulations.  However, on April 18, 2018, Canada unveiled the Breach of Security Safeguard Regulations: SOR/2018-64 (“Regulations”).

To highlight some of the finer points, in order to trigger notification requirements, the Regulations require organizations to determine if a data breach poses a “real risk of significant harm” to any individual had their information accessed in the breach.  If an organization meets this harm threshold, then the affected organization must notify the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, as well as the affected individuals.


Australia to Join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn

From: NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) welcomes the decision of Australia to become a member of the NATO-accredited cyber defence hub. Australia announced their decison today during an opening of Australia´s pop-up embassy in Estonia.

“Accession of Australia expands the reach and cooperation of like-minded nations in cyber defence beyond the Euro-Atlantic area, making our cyber defence hub truly global. We are glad to welcome Australia becoming a member nation,” said Merle Maigre, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

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