ICD Brief 109.
“US President Donald Trump signed today [16 November] a bill into law, approving the creation of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).”
“Hackers linked to the Russian government are impersonating U.S. State Department employees in an operation aimed at infecting computers of U.S. government agencies, think tanks and businesses, two cybersecurity firms told Reuters.”
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and its counterparts in the Netherlands jointly announced today a total of $2.5 million in collaborative cybersecurity research and development (R&D) across five U.S-Dutch research teams.”DOD Teams with DHS for Critical Infrastructure Protection
“On Wednesday, the North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, along with several business leaders and public officials, launched a free training program to get veterans into one of 18,000 North Carolina IT jobs.”
“Australia’s chief cyber security chief said on Tuesday an investigation into the hacking of defense contractor Austal Ltd could take years, rejecting a local media report that his agency had concluded the attack originated from Iran.”
“Estonian ambassador to the United States, Jonatan Vseviov, speaks to Fifth Domain at Cybercon 2018 in Pentagon City, Va., pointing to an upcoming election that could have big implications to international cyber laws.”
“Companies doing business in China may see an increase in enforcement actions with the enactment of a new cybersecurity regulation and the enforcement powers of the Public Security Bureaus (PSBs) officially codified. The regulation – Provisions on Internet Security Supervision and Inspection by Public Security Organs – is now in effect, more than a year after the enactment of the country’s Cybersecurity Law.”
“Fifty-one states, including all EU members, have pledged their support for a new international agreement to set standards on cyberweapons and the use of the internet, the French government said Monday.
The states have signed up to a so-called “Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace”, an attempt to kickstart stalled global negotiations.
“Iranian Minister of Information and Communication Technology Mohammad-Javad Azari-Jahromi wrote on his Twitter page on Tuesday that Iran is considering the newly-introduced initiative by French President Emanuel Macron at the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on Monday reports.”
“A group of Israeli cybersecurity firms, along with the Economy and Industry Ministry, has set up a new cyber consortium for the aviation industry. The announcement was made Wednesday as part of the 5th International Conference of Homeland Security and Cyber, organized by Israel’s Export Institute.”
“NATO is clear that we will not perform offensive cyberspace operations,” said Maj. Gen. Wolfgang Renner. “However, we will integrate sovereign cyberspace effects from the allies who are willing to volunteer.”
“Singapore and the United States are exploring new turf in their relationship as they reach beyond the traditional domains of defence and trade to grasp opportunities in areas such as driverless cars, energy and cyber security.”
“An online programme designed to inspire teenagers to think about a career in cyber security will continue for a second year after a successful pilot across England.”