Heisenberg or Hal? The Cyber Conundrum – ICD Brief 85.

ICD Brief 85.


As often as possible, I share the work of our extraordinary readers. This week my friend and colleague Yakov Ben-Haim, has a new book out in September called The Dilemmas of Wonderland, Decisions in the Age of Innovation.

“My work is on decision making under deep uncertainty, and over the years (decades, actually) I’ve developed info-gap decision theory, which has impacted the fundamental understanding of uncertainty in human affairs, and is applied by scholars and practitioners around the world in engineering, biological conservation, economics, project management, climate change, natural hazard response, national security, medicine, and other areas (see info-gap.com).

After writing extensively for professional or technical audiences, I decided to try my hand at the far broader audience of intelligent readers at large. All people are decision makers, so I thought that my message is relevant. Oxford University Press agreed. 🙂 Hence, the book, “Dilemmas of Wonderland: Decisions in the Age of Innovation”, which will come out in September.”

I don’t discuss cyber issues explicitly, though cyber is an innovative field with great potential but also great uncertainty due to its newness. That’s what I call an innovation dilemma in the book, so the book would interest the cyber community.”

Brad Smith, CEO of Microsoft called again for a Geneva Convention for Cyber at San Franciso’s RSA conference as nations and business ramp up for expected breaches and attacks with more attention to offensive responses.


NYU and NY Cyber Command Team Up to Offer Cheap Cybersecurity Education and Training

“Earlier this year NYU Tandon School of Engineering and New York’s Cyber Command (NYC3) joined forces to announce one of the country’s most affordable Cybersecurity Master’s Degree in the form of its NY Cyber Fellows program.”

Inside New York City Cyber Command – A Government Agency Most People Know Nothing About That’s Leading America’s Biggest City into the Future

“In the fall of 2012, President Barack Obama’s defense secretary, Leon Panetta, arrived to Manhattan’s west side to deliver an unprecedented speech about cyber warfare.”

“The Pentagon’s cyber warfare unit received an elevated status and a new commander on Friday, signaling the growing importance of digital combat as the United States grapples with sophisticated hacking by Russia, China and other actors.”
“According to a new report Industrial Cyber Security Solutions and Services Market- Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018 – 2026, published by Transparency Market Research, the global industrial cyber security market is expected to reach US$ 29.97 Bn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 9.2% from 2018 to 2026.”


“The Victorian Government will devote $17.6 million of the 2018/2019 budget to deliver the state’s first ever Cyber Security Strategy. The strategy will protect government agencies and networks from cyber hacking threats, and it will also help to protect the privacy of Victorian residents.”


“From filing taxes to accessing medical records to voting, 99 percent of all government services in Estonia are available online. Accessed at the state portal using an ID card and a pin code, the former Soviet nation is the first in the world to declare the internet a social right. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports on how Estonia protects itself from cyberattacks.”



Spotlight: Israel, China Share Similarities in Cyber Security: Experts

“While differences exist in the challenges in the cyberspace between Israel and China, they share similarities in cyber security and governance, Israeli experts said.”

Asian Companies’ Must Embrace More Complex Cybersecurity Measures

“Adura, a specialised cyber security consultancy, revealed that Asia companies are starting to ask for more advanced cyber security services such as ‘reconnaissance or early kill chain’ services. Beyond meeting basic compliance requirements, companies in the region are now seeing value in Threat Intelligence, Network A.I. Behaviour and Phishing Susceptibility services.”


European Commission Welcomes New EU-Wide Cybersecurity Laws

“Four European Commissioners have issued a statement ahead of the implementation of new EU-wide cybersecurity laws, which must be transposed into national law by next week.”


Experts Urge Indian Shipping Community to Build Robust Cyber Security

“Experts in Singapore have urged India to build a strong cyber securitysystem for its shipping sector, saying the country is investing billions of dollars in maritime infrastructure but the enforcement of anti-cyber attack rules is not as per the need of the hour.”


Polish Government Approves Law on National Cybersecurity System

“Polish government has adopted a draft law on the national cybersecurity system, submitted by the Minister of Digitisation. The law specifies the organisation of the national cyber security system (tasks and responsibilities of the entities entering it), the method of exercising supervision and control of compliance with the law, as well as the procedure for establishing the Cybersecurity Strategy of Poland.”


Russian Government Strengthening National Cyber-Security Prior to World Cup

“The Russian government, together with the national special services, is continuing strengthening the country’s cyber-security prior to the World Cup football tournament being held in the country this summer.”


Cyber Security Agency of Singapore Launches Second National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign

“The campaign will focus on communicating to the public four important cybersecurity tips, namely to (i) use an anti-virus software, (ii) use strong passwords and enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), (iii) spot signs of phishing and (iv) update their software as soon as possible.”


NHS Signs £150m Cybersecurity Deal with Microsoft – But Is It Enough?

“News has emerged of NHS finally bolstering its defences in light of the ‘growing threat’ of cyberattacks. NHS has signed a deal with Microsoft worth £150 million to upgrade its security systems”

Why the UK Is Investing £1.9bn in Cyber Security

“The Secretary of State for International Trade outlines the Cyber Security Export Strategy, desigend to complement the government’s safeguarding efforts.”


Warren Buffett: Cybersecurity Risk Is “Uncharted Territory. It’s Going to Get Worse, Not Better”

Warren Buffett believes cybersecurity incidents will rise, and with it the potential to significantly harm the insurance industry. “Cyber is uncharted territory. It’s going to get worse, not better,” he said at the Berkshire Hathaway 2018 Annual Shareholders Meeting Saturday. “There’s a very material risk which didn’t exist 10 or 15 years ago and will be much more intense as the years go along.”

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