Kaspersky ban finalized

All U.S. civil and military organizations will be prohibited, effective Sept. 17, from using cybersecurity products or other software produced by Russia-based Kaspersky Lab. In finalizing the decision, the administration is acting on legislation approved by Congress in response to intelligence community concerns that Kaspersky executives could be forced by Moscow to share information. [node:read-more:link]

Security breaches at RCMP?

Cameron Ortis, a civilian RCMP director general, is facing charges arising from alleged intelligence breaches which have prompted concerns about whether there are implications not only domestically but also with Canada’s allies. He has been charged under the Security of Information Act which deals with communicating or confirming special operational information. [node:read-more:link]

Into the cloud

Decades-old U.S. policies requiring all federal agencies’ Internet traffic flow through a central facility are about to updated to enable them migrate to the cloud while maintaining cybersecurity. The update is being pushed by the Office of Budget Management as part of a broader modernization initiative. [node:read-more:link]

Chinese company names sought

A bipartisan group of Members of Congress wants to identify Chinese companies which might “steal” western technologies for military use. A Chinese embassy spokesperson in Washington dismissed their concerns as groundless, calling the move evidence of a “cold war mentality.” [node:read-more:link]

Huawei 5G tech for sale

In an bid to end a western blockade against its 5G technology, Huawei is offering to sell its software to a western company which then could rewrite problematic code. The U.S. has been urging its allies not to permit 5G over concerns that alleged “backdoors” would enable the Chinese government to spy on telecom systems. [node:read-more:link]

Russian mole details emerge

While Russian officials are dismissing reports that the U.S. had a mole in the Kremlin for many years, Russian media have published a name. Oleg Smolenkov, an aide to President Vladimir Putin, reportedly was extracted amid fears his cover was about to be blown. [node:read-more:link]

Civil AI funding increased

The U.S. government says it will spend nearly $1 billion on non-military artificial intelligence research and development in 2020. Details are set out in a supplement to the administration’s budget request for the coming fiscal year. [node:read-more:link]

Trump tweets Bolton firing

President Donald Trump turned to social media again Sept. 10 to announced that had fired National Security Adviser John Bolton after months of policy differences. Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations who was Trump’s third NSA, says he resigned. [node:read-more:link]

Life imitates fiction

A high-level source within the Russian government was successfully extracted in 2017 after the U.S. administration mishandled classified information which could have led to the spy’s exposure. This was after President Donald Trump had discussed intelligence issues with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his ambassador to the U.S. [node:read-more:link]

Huawei presence in Northern Canada

The fact that some 5.4 million Canadians living in remote areas have at best limited Internet has prompted a suggestion that Huawei technology could be a solution. Despite lingering concerns about security, the Chinese giant is already partnering with two northern companies to expand service to 70 communities. [node:read-more:link]

AI-driven cyberdefence

A new artificial intelligence centre in the U.S. Department of Defense is the foundation for a potential AI-powered cyberdefence suite. The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is working with the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command and dozens of civilian suppliers on standardiziang data collection. [node:read-more:link]

Cybersecurity up to snuff?

Three years ago, Norad sought reassurance, at the highest levels of the military, that Canada was on top of the evolving threat of cyber vulnerability of Canadian Forces bases and related civilian infrastructure. The request by then NORAD Commander U.S. Adm William Gourtney advised General Vance to "work with Public Safety Canada to identify civilian infrastructure that is critical to CAF and Norad missions." [node:read-more:link]

NSA cyberboss promotes sharing

Anne Neuberger, recently appointed to head the new cybersecurity directorate within the National Security Agency, wants to improve information-sharing not only with other U.S. government bodies but also the private sector. She says this would enable the U.S. to get ahead of digital threats instead of mostly just reacting to them. [node:read-more:link]

CSIS issues statement after Senate appearance

The Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Michel Coulombe, has issued a statement after he appeared this week before the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence to discuss the current security environment, and the evolving threat to Canada posed by terrorism. [node:read-more:link]


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