U.S. agencies fall short on cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Officer has put out no fewer than 38 recommendations on how federal agencies can improve their cybersecurity risk management. All but one of the 23 agencies reviewed had already designated an executive responsible for security but none evidently had a risk management strategy in place and there was a general lack of coordination between cybersecurity in particular and agency-wide management functions in general. [node:read-more:link]

Improperly documented visitors barred entry

Canadian border agents are turning away improperly-documented visitors to Canada in record numbers thanks to new guidelines that help intercept foreign nationals whom they have reason to believe will remain on a permanent basis or intend to work or study in Canada without proper visas. [node:read-more:link]

UK's MI6 releases new recruitment video

Britain's MI6 has launched a new recruitment drive on Google and YouTube so as not to miss out on potential employees that might switch channels from a TV advertisement. The new advertisement, launched yesterday, says being a spy is 'not about finding the button for the ejector seat'. [node:read-more:link]

National Security and Intelligence report

The NSICP annual report, which had been delivered to the PM in December 2018, has now been released to the public. It covers topics of intelligence priorities, defence intelligence activities, legal authorities, plus oversight and accountability. Numerous federal departments and agencies were involved: CBSA; CSIS; CSE; Justice; DND and the Canadian Armed Forces; FINTRAC; GAC; IRCC; Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre; PCO; Public Safety; RCMP; and Transport Canada. [node:read-more:link]

Britain and U.S. intelligence relations strained

Security and intelligence-sharing between Britain and the United States are often cited as the key to their “special relationship” but are they increasingly at odds? Is the recent U.S. move to establish a naval taskforce to patrol flashpoints in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea sucking Britain more deeply into President Donald Trump’s confrontation with Iran? [node:read-more:link]


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