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]

Vicious circle of threats expanding

Adm. Craig Faller, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, says there is growing urgency and complexity in the challenges facing the West. He says the “collective neighbourhood” is being attacked by a “vicious circle” of corruption, organized crime, violent extremism and foreign governments’ subversive activities.  [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]

Drones for border patrol

Autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles are being developed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in an attempt to improve its agents’ situational awareness. Working with Homeland Security, it has confirmed a fourth round of funding to test Planck Aerosystems’ UAVs over the next several months. [node:read-more:link]

NSI Committee ramping up

Despite its unwieldy title, the Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, which will oversee the country’s national security and intelligence operations, is seen as a very positive development. [node:read-more:link]

Canada building its resilience to climate change

The Government of Canada creates an expert panel on measuring Canada’s progress in building its resilience to climate change. The panel will also support the federal government in better communicating to Canadians how we are preparing for and adapting to the current and future impacts of climate change. [node:read-more:link]

Iranian rocket explosion

Orbital imagery suggest that an attempted Iranian satellite launch ended with an explosion on the pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center. The images show a smoke plume rising from appears to be charred remains of the rocket but an official says the satellite itself was saved. [node:read-more:link]

DRS receives 3rd award for counterintelligence

Leonardo DRS, for the third time,  has been awarded the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence. The award is the highest U.S. honor given to the defense industry for protecting classified information and technology through a culture of compliance with government security regulations and partnership with DoD intelligence services. [node:read-more:link]

China charging on in AI

Two years ago, the Communist Party of China set 2030 as the deadline for catching up with the U.S. in the artificial intelligence field by 2030. Next year marks a milestone for making significant gains in fundamental research and becoming a favoured destination for new talent, potentially at the expense of the U.S. [node:read-more:link]

Huawei executive “targeted”

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, the senior Huawei executive detained pending a legal decision on whether she should be deported to the U.S., says she was the target of a “covert criminal investigation.” The allegation is detailed in B.C. court documents. [node:read-more:link]

Staffing problems at CSIS?

David Vigneault, Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has been advised in a briefing package, obtained through an Access to Information request, that the agency faces a serious personnel retention and recruitment challenge. The challenge is highlighted as CSIS and other intelligence assets prepare to thwart any interference with the upcoming federal election. [node:read-more:link]

NSA hires summer students

The U.S. National Security Agency, headquartered at Fort Meade, Md., has been hiring highschool students to work “somewhere in cyber,” as one puts it. Others are equally vague, saying only that they work in language translation as well as cybersecurity. [node:read-more:link]


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