Sandia Draws From Nuclear Science in Inaugurating New Cyber Lab

From: Nextgov

By Aliya Sternstein

Sandia National Laboratories on Tuesday will inaugurate a cybersecurity center to perform offensive and defensive warfighting techniques that onsite nuclear weapons scientists have been practicing for decades.

The Cybersecurity Engineering Research Laboratory, which began operating in 2011, draws from nuclear research and development to test hardware vulnerabilities in closed facilities and model cyberweapons on supercomputers, Sandia officials said. Cybersecurity is one of the New Mexico-based lab’s defense systems missions.

“Sandia’s cyber R&D capabilities are rooted in our [nuclear weapons] mission, and specifically weapons use-control engineering and adversarial threat assessment,” said Ben Cook, a senior manager for Sandia’s research and development science and engineering group.


How will EU cybersecurity directive affect business?

From: ComputerWeekly.com

Warwick Ashford

Since the publication of the EU’s proposed cyber security strategy and supporting directive, much of the focus has been on how difficult it will be to implement and how effective it will be in improving data security. But what effect will it have on business?

The most obvious effect is that it will mean additional costs for all businesses covered by the proposed directive in terms of creating new processes and acquiring new technology to comply.


Huawei Denies Role in Controversial Singapore Project

From: China Digital Times

The Financial Times reported last week that the parents of American electronics engineer , who died mysteriously in just before he was due to leave his job and return to the U.S. last summer, believe he was murdered in connection with his involvement in a project between his Singaporean employer and Chinese telecom giant Huawei. While local police claimed Todd hanged himself, his parents retrieved a hard drive from his apartment that detailed the project and laid seeds of doubt about the official account of his death:


Cameron to sign cyber pact with India

From: Financial Times

By George Parker in Mumbai and Bede McCarthy in London

David Cameron is to sign a cyber security deal with India in response to fears that British personal and business data stored on Indian server farms are vulnerable to attack.

The prime minister said the cyber attacks could come from criminals and terrorists but did not deny that China was another possible threat to both countries.

He will sign a bilateral co-operation agreement in New Delhi on Tuesday with Manmohan Singh, his Indian counterpart. Downing Street said the pact would mark “an unprecedented level of co-operation with India on [computer] security issues”.


European regulators prepare to take Google to task over data-sharing

From: Ars Technica

Search giant is under pressure in EU over its privacy practices

by Timothy B. Lee

When Google instituted a new privacy policy early last year, European regulators warned that it was likely illegal under European law. In October, the regulators fired a shot across Google’s bow, telling the search giant that it needed to address their concerns or face legal action in 2013.

Now European privacy regulators are preparing to act, according to Reuters. The regulators’ next step—setting up a new working group to coordinate the responses of privacy regulators in the EU’s 27 member countries—isn’t likely to strike fear in Larry Page’s heart. But the regulators say they expect to take coordinated enforcement action against Google by this summer.


Bad outsourcing decisions cause 63% of data breaches

From: SharedServicesLink.com

Anna Bowsher

According to the 2013 Trustwave Global Security Report on 450 global data breach investigations, 63% were linked to third-party IT system administration, support, development and maintenance that had security deficiencies easily exploited by hackers.

“We are not saying outsourcing is inherently bad, but organisations that do get breached have probably made some bad outsourcing decisions,” said John Yeo, Trustwave’s European director.

Typically, organisations do not price in the security risks when making outsourcing decisions or built security in to their procurement processes, he told Computer Weekly.


It’s time to take the cyber security fight to the bad guys

From: The Telegraph (UK)

As criminals, activists and terror groups conduct more and more of their malicious activities online, the threat to our economy and national security has never been greater.

By James Lyne

The search for the right people to defend us against this threat is being spearheaded by initiatives such as the Cyber Security Challenge UK.

As criminals, activists and terror groups conduct more and more of their malicious activities online, the threat to our economy and national security has never been greater. The search for the right people to defend us against this threat is being spearheaded by initiatives such as the Cyber Security Challenge UK.


Fears of Government and Legal Intervention Slows Cloud Adoption

From: Cloud Times

Security and compliance concerns are still major stumbling blocks to cloud adoption. According to a study by security firm Lieberman Software, nearly 48% of members of teams in business fear of government and legal interference before putting sensitive data in the cloud.

This is a survey to close more than 300 IT professionals who revealed that they were hesitant to migrate sensitive data to the cloud with fears of government and legal intervention, center on surveillance, cloud legislation and data security being a key factor in deterring businesses.


Napolitano Names Top Three Countries as Sources of Cyber Attacks

From: PBS

By: Larisa Epatko

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez on Friday that cyber attacks on the United States are on the rise, and internationally, three countries are the biggest sources: Iran, Russia and China.

The interview with Napolitano airs on Friday’s broadcast.

“It’s a big problem and it’s been growing in frequency and sophistication in the four plus years I’ve been secretary,” said Napolitano. The threats can be anything from “hacktivists” to state actors either trying to steal the United States’ innovative ideas or simply do harm, she said.


Iran calls for new international legal instrument against cyber attacks

From: Press TV (Iran)

Iran has underlined the need for a new international legal instrument to counter the increasing wave of cross-border cyber attacks in the world.  

Alireza Miryousefi, the head of the press office for the Iranian mission to the UN, and Hossein Gharibi, the counselor of the mission, said in an opinion piece published on the Christian Science Monitor on Thursday that the world “needs a new international legal instrument on cyberspace, in light of the new waves of trans-border cyber attacks that have become a disturbing aspect of international relations in the 21st century.”

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