ICD Brief 95.
The week’s news is good and bad. Lots of encouraging updates on expanding public awareness, laws, industry alliances, integration and collaboration between nations, international organizations and public and private and sectors. Yet most of this activity is driven by a shared recognition of the gravity of the threat.
Today’s lead is yesterday’s US Justice Department announcement charging 12 Russian GRU intelligence officers of hacking the 2016 US presidential election. Here is ICD Co-Founder Richard Stiennon’s response to this news.
“The just returned indictment of 12 Russian GRU agents reveals the tremendous capabilities of the intelligence community to piece together cyber operations. This level of attribution puts the GRU on notice that their moves are being observed. For the Justice Department to show their hand to this extent implies that the Russian investigation is finally coming together.”
And speaking of context, be sure and read Jennifer Zhu Scott’s Bitcoins backstage meets global warning shared by Philippe Baumard.
America’s indictment of Russian hackers underlines the cyber risks facing US politics
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s charges against 12 members of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency accused of hacking related to the 2016 US presidential election are a stark reminder of the ways in which technology can be used to disrupt democratic processes.”
Warning Lights Are Blinking Red,’ Top Intelligence Officer Says of Russian Attacks
Army Cyber Command brings on first direct-commissioned officers
“Army Cyber Command’s first cyber officers recruited through its pilot cyber direct commission program are ready for duty.
The cyber program was launched late last year to boost the service’s cyber force and attract talent from the commercial sector. Direct commissioning for candidates with high-demand skillsets has been used to attract physicians, attorneys and chaplains to military ranks.”
Patient Safety United Rival Medtech Firms
“It’s great to hear about our Minnesota #medtech companies leading the way in collaborating to improve patient safety and #cybersecurity.” Eileen Manning, CEO The second session is July 26.
National Information on US Secret Service Electronic Cyber Crime Task Forces
“The United States Secret Service is committed to safeguarding the nation’s critical infrastructure and financial payment systems from cyber criminals.
Bitcoins backstage meets global warning – via Philippe Baumard
“70% of Bitcoin mining is still in China. The recent flooding destroyed thousands of servers in Sichuan and caused a global hash rate drop. When vulnerability caused by factors as such, it’s logical and unexpected at the same time. #bitcoin #mining”
Brazilian kids being schooled to fight fake news
“Brazil has taken a stand against the explosion of “fake news” stories swamping the Internet by making media analysis studies compulsory for schoolchildren.”
UPDATE – New Cyber Security Strategy Bolsters Cyber Safety, Innovation and Prosperity
“The Government of Canada is committed to defending Canada and Canadians against cyber threats. Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science & Economic Development delivered the National Cyber Security Strategy. This new strategy will guide the Government of Canada’s cyber security activities to safeguard Canadians’ digital privacy, security and economy.”
How Good Are China’s Cyber Defenses?
By Greg Austin East-West Institute
“With discussion at the recently concluded Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore heavily focused on the Korean summit and the U.S./China spat over the South China Sea, it would be easy to forget about China’s pursuit of the “commanding heights” of all strategic competition: outer space and cyberspace. However, while there can be no doubting China’s ambition in this area, one can make the argument that the country is, at present, far from those heights.”
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