Government, industry bodies take part in first broad cybersecurity drill

From: Reuters

by Tim Kelly  and Nobuhiro Kubo

Japan faces a full-on cyber-attack across government departments Tuesday in a drill aimed at bolstering national security as the country gears up to host the 2020 Olympics.

Japan is following the lead of Britain, which invited ethical hackers to test its computer systems in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics. In the event, London parried multiple cyber-attacks.

Some 50 cyberdefense specialists were to gather at an emergency response center in Tokyo, with at least three times that many off-site, to defend against a simulated attack across 21 state ministries and agencies and 10 industry associations, said Ikuo Misumi, a hacking expert at the state-run National Information Security Center.


Defending reputation during a data loss

From:  The Global Legal Post

How you respond to a data security breach will determine the reputational impact on your brand, says Jennie Sumpster of Schillings.


CyCon 2014 Agenda

From: NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

With less than three months remaining to the start of the annual CyCon conference in Tallinn, Estonia, the agenda for the event was published today. The extensive programme runs over four days and includes practical workshops, networking events and of course high level talks on active cyber defence. CyCon takes place 3-6 June and the registration to the conference will open next week. The agenda can be accessed via


Motoring bosses weigh up new laws to steer use of driverless cars

Editor’s Note: For more information on relevant laws governing data integrity in automotive IT systems, see CIrcleID here.

From: The Australian

Emma Reynolds

CALIFORNIA has begun trying to solve the tricky issue of how to govern the use of driverless cars.

Google was a pioneer in sending unmanned motors on to the roads, when collecting data for its mapping service, and such cars are expected to be widely available in just a few years.

The state’s department of motor vehicles has drawn up an outline for dealing with possible issues surrounding driverless cars.


Swift chief: “When we don’t sleep, it is because of cyber risks”

From: Finextra

Swift chief executive Gottfried Leibbrandt has called on EU policymakers to steer clear of ‘data protectionism’ and work towards the creation of a standardised global framework for international cyber-security.

Speaking at a high level EU conference on cyber-security strategy in Brussels, Leibbrandt described directly conflicting national regulations on data security as a critical challenge to international infrastructures such as Swift.

The interbank network, which connects over 10,000 institutions globally, was conceived with resilience and security at its core and designed to meet the highest standards of confidentiality, integrity and availability.

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Group to coordinate cybersecurity measures


Delegates and political advisers at the two sessions called for a law on cybersecurity, aiming to protect residents’ personal information and regulate Internet enterprises.  [Special coverage]

Online security has become a hot issue during the legislative two sessions, the most important annual event on China’s political calendar,

On Feb 27, President Xi Jinping established a leading group, which he heads, to strengthen China’s Internet security and build a strong cyberpower.

The group is to lead and coordinate Internet security and informatization work, while Xi also said it will draft strategies, and development plans and major policies.


Pakistan formulating cyber security strategy

From: Dawn

Mateen Haider

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that a cyber security strategy was being devised to counter cyber attacks or infiltration from other countries.

Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman told the upper house of parliament during question hour that the government has already approved e-mail and internet policy which envisages security guidelines and a multi-stage information security audit of government institutions and ministries.

He said the Ministry of Information Technology had also finalised “Prevention and Electronic Crime Bill” which would soon be presented in the parliament for approval.


Evidence that the D.C. area really is a hotbed for cybersecurity jobs

From: The Washington Post/Capital Business

By Sarah Halzack

For evidence of the boom in cybersecurity jobs in the Washington region, one could simply take a drive up Interstate 95 toward Fort Meade: The crop of upscale apartments and restaurants make clear that white-collar professionals are moving into the area as it is being remade into the federal government’s hub for cybersecurity work.

Now, an analysis from Burning Glass Technologies helps show just how much appetite there is in the region for workers with this skill set.


Obama Proposes Cybersecurity Campus To Get Tough On Digital Criminals

From: International Business Times


Terrorism, fraud and espionage have all gone digital. Now, United States President Barack Obama wants to create a new civilian cybersecurity campus to house federal experts from various agencies to collaboratively respond to these threats.

The president’s fiscal 2015 budget, released Tuesday, stated that cyberthreats are constantly evolving and that a “coordinated, comprehensive and resilient plan for protection and response” is needed to stay ahead.

What this proposed campus would do is to “co-locate key civilian cybersecurity agencies to promote a whole government approach to cybersecurity response.”


UK financial firms need strict IT security, says expert, as survey finds global rise in fraud and cybercrime


Financial services firms are more likely than non-financial companies to have been the victim of economic crimes such as fraud or theft, according to the findings of PwC’s latest review of global economic crime trends.

Of the 1,330 financial services firms in 79 countries surveyed by PwC as part of its 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey, 45% reported that they had experienced some form of economic crime compared to 34% of firms across all other industries. Around 39% of these incidents were cybercrimes, compared to 17% of incidents affecting firms in other industries, PwC said.

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