The Courage to Lose Sight of the Shore – ICD Brief 111.

ICD Brief 111.


This week we see encouraging progress towards coherent, integrated and working strategies across five continents between government and business, the David and Goliath nations and the conventional with the digital force structures. Here’s a sampling.


The US Leans on Private Firms to Expose Foreign Hackers

“As government-backed hackers in RussiaChinaIran, and North Korea continue to infiltrate and attack American companies, it’s often private cybersecurity firms, rather than the US government, that are publicly assigning blame. By stepping aside to let private firms expose nation-state hackers, the US government preserves its intelligence capabilities and options to retaliate. It’s an informal arrangement that has been good for business and government and bad for state-sponsored hackers.”

Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy to Retrain Federal Employees as Cyber Defense Analysts

“The Office of Management and Budget is launching a cyber reskilling academy to identify the next generation of IT talent from those already working in the ranks of the federal government. “

National Guard Cyber Security Soldiers Deploying to Maryland

“BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Army National Guard has scheduled a send-off ceremony Sunday in Bismarck for members of the 174th Cyber Protection Team.

Five soldiers are mobilizing for a yearlong stateside mission at Fort Meade in Maryland. They’ll be helping the Defense Department with network security and cyber defense operations.”

DHS Algorithm to Assess Federal Agencies’ Cyber Posture

“Federal agencies are reportedly feeding data into a special algorithm introduced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to assess their cyber posture scores. This Agency-Wide Adaptive Risk Enumeration (AWARE) algorithm should go into full production by fiscal year 2020, news outlet GCN reported yesterday, citing a public presentation yesterday by DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program Manager Kevin Cox.”

Marriott data breach: what consumers can do to protect themselves

“Marriott’s disclosure on Friday that an “unauthorized party” gained access to the information of up to 500 million Starwood customers is just the latest in a growing list of massive data breaches that can leave some people wondering, ‘What, if anything, can I do at this point?’”


$400 Million: The Cost of Australia’s Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

“The skills shortage in the cyber security sector is more severe than expected, according to a new analysis released today (28.11.2018).”


Germany Detects New Cyber Attack by Russian Hacker Group – Spiegel

“German security officials have detected a fresh cyber attack on the email accounts of German lawmakers, the military and several German embassies by the Russian hacker group Snake, Der Spiegel reported on Thursday.”


e-Crime Bureau Founder Honoured

“The Founder of e-Crime Bureau, a leading cyber security and digital forensics firm in Ghana, Albert Antwi-Boasiako received an honorary award at the maiden Ghana e-Commerce Awards 2018.”


India Sees More Cybersecurity Startups with Rise in Attacks

“India has seen a sharp rise in cyber security startups as nearly 50 product firms set up shops in the past few years, says a report by Belong. This uptick in cyber security startups has been primarily attributed to an increasing number of cyber attacks in the country across industry sectors. ”


Israel’s Cyber Ecosystem

“Cyberspace is a constantly changing landscape – and Israel’s approach to cybersecurity is a lesson in adaptation, Isaac Kfir writes. Known as a start-up nation, Israel has invested heavily in its cyber capabilities, particularly cybersecurity, out of the early recognition that cyberspace will be an important battleground of the future.”


Japan Partners with Israel on Cybersecurity Scheme

“Israel and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the field of cybersecurity, Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office announced Thursday. Per the agreement, signed Thursday during the 2018 Cybertech conference in Tokyo, the two countries will collaborate on cybersecurity-related research and policy, as well as on the training of skilled manpower.”


Cyber Coalition helps prepare NATO for today’s threats

“NATO’s flagship cyber defence exercise Cyber Coalition, one of the largest in the world, started on Tuesday (27 November 2018) in Tartu, Estonia. The exercise tests and trains cyber defenders from across the Alliance in their ability to defend NATO and national networks. Now in its eleventh year, Cyber Coalition involves around 700 participants from Allies, partners, industry and academia.”


Cisco Enhances Cybersecurity Cooperation with Singapore

“Cisco has entered into a partnership with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) in an effort to formalise a mutual framework for cooperation in the cyber security domain.”


UK Cybersecurity Strategy Making “Good Progress”

“The National Cyber Security Strategy is making good progress, but there is much left to be done, according to a Cabinet Office official.”

Online Child Safety with the UK Cyber Security Association

“Lisa Ventura of the UK Cyber Security Association has created the ultimate parental guide to online child safety.”


An Outcome-Based Analysis of US Cyber Strategy of Persistence & Defense Forward

by: Max Smeets, Herb Lin

“The new U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) vision and the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy embody a fundamental reorientation in strategic thinking.”

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