Israeli hi-tech firm to launch Energy Cyber Security Center

From: Jerusalem Post

Aiming to tackle threats to infrastructure around the globe, the company plans to launch its Energy Cyber Security Center in Hadera on September 15.


In a world where web-based hacker attacks have reached far beyond lifting personal credit card information, a Herzliya- based firm is preparing to launch a first-of-its-kind Energy Cyber Security Center this fall.

“We are now in the position to help every country, every utility – whether it’s gas, water, or energy – to secure their digital network, to integrate today with electric cars, with energy infrastructure, with storage devices,” Daniel Jammer, founder and CEO of energy cyber security firm Nation-E told The Jerusalem Post.


Cybersecurity is a Top Priority for Governors

From: HSToday

A joint action plan for cybersecurity was approved last week by the Council of Governors, Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the National Governors Association (NGA) 2014 Summer Meeting. 

The Joint Action Plan for State-Federal Unity of Effort on Cybersecurity “is a commitment by states, DHS and DoD to work together to improve the nation’s cybersecurity posture. It establishes a framework to guide state-federal discussions in areas such as information sharing, operational coordination and incident response,” NGA said in an announcement. 

The action plan incorporates several of governors’ key priorities, including: 


Group Wants Energy Regulators to be Tougher on Cybersecurity

Fron: WSJ/CIO Journal

By Rachael King

One nonprofit group says that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hasn’t done enough to protect the bulk power grid. The New Hampshire-based group, called the Foundation for Resilient Societies, wants utilities to protect industrial control systems from cybersecurity threats over the Internet.

On Friday, that group sent a letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee urging it to secure commitments from nominees Norman Bay and Cheryl LaFleur that they’ll be tough on cybersecurity, reports Politico. The Senate will vote Tuesday to confirm the nominees, who are currently serving on the commission.


Hackers disrupt Tunisian voter registration

From: HackSurfer

By Mike

Hackers briefly disrupted the online voter registration for Tunisia’s parliamentary and presidential elections. The organization charged with holding the vote said that hackers launched an attack, disrupting the registration process. However, later the organization said registration had restarted, despite continued attacks. http://goo.gl/YtHrBj


Hackers may have breached the federal government’s personnel office, DHS official says

From: The Washington Post

By Fred Barbash and Ellen Nakashima

Hackers may have breached the Office of Personnel Management’s network, a Department of Homeland Security official confirmed Thursday.

According to the DHS official, who asked not to be identified, the agency’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center became aware of a “potential intrusion” of the network, and has been working with OPM and other agencies to assess and mitigate risks. So far, they have not found “any loss of personally identifiable information,” the official said.


Skill shortage alert: Banks in Singapore struggle to source cyber security staff

From: efinancialcareers

by Simon Mortlock

Cyber-security experts are urgently needed at banks in Singapore, but recruiters in the city state say there’s not enough talent to meet demand.

The buoyant job market in cyber security is being partly fuelled by pronouncements from Singapore’s government and financial regulator.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore issued new Technology Risk Management Guidelines in June, advising financial institutions to “deepen their technology risk management capabilities and be ready to handle IT security incidents and system failures”. And last year the government released a long-term policy agenda, the National Cyber Security Masterplan 2018.


Big dreams for Rwanda’s ICT sector – Success story is grabbing global attention

From: Bulawayo24.com

by Nirit Ben-Ari

“The Internet is a needed public utility as much as water and electricity,” declared President Paul Kagame at the Transform Africa summit, held in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, last October to discuss the future of broadband in Africa.

The choice of Kigali as host did not surprise Information Communication Technology (ICT) experts; Mr. Kagame’s government takes ICT so seriously that it aims to creating an ICT infrastructure comparable to any in the developed world. The choice was also not surprising since Rwanda hosted the Connect Africa summit in 2007 that championed broadband connectivity for the continent.


Lessons Learned from 1,000 Data Breaches…and Counting

From: Property Casulaty 360

Companies are primarily focused on protections, when instead they should be considering what to do after the systems are breached.


Do you know your enemy? Are you fighting the wrong war? Despite everything you’re read about cyber security, despite all the breaches in the news, the fact is well-intentioned business people are still surprisingly behind the times. 

Thieves and hackers are by no means the main cause of data breaches. Cyber security is just one element—because physical records, paper and files, continue to play a major role.  And too few managers understand that they remain responsible for lost information—even if no one’s noticed it’s been lost or taken advantage of the breach.


Focus on Security in New Dell Products, Upgrades

From: TopTechNews

Dell rolled out new security tools and enhancements Thursday aimed at enabling businesses of all sizes to protect their sensitive corporate data while still allowing employees to access that data whenever they want, wherever they are, using any device.

These include enhanced security features for Dell’s Data Protection Cloud Edition with Dropbox for Business, new products within its commercial PC portfolio, and what the company claims is the first commercially available product to achieve the U.S. government’s FIPS-140 Level 3 certified commercial PCs with Hardware Crypto Accelerator.


Hedge-Fund Hack Is Part of Bigger Siege, Cyber-Experts Warn

From: Bloomberg

By Chris Strohm

The attack on a U.S. hedge fund’s network, which a cybersecurity contractor said last week disrupted the firm’s high-speed trading and stole its data, is but one among many.

That is the assessment of more than a half-dozen computer security experts, who in recent interviews characterized the hedge-fund industry as the target of multiple attacks, many successful. Over the past two years, computer networks at dozens of banks, hedge funds, law firms and other Wall Street companies have been infiltrated by hackers mainly from Eastern European countries, these people said.

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