Cyber Security/Protection

Vance addresses 5G concerns

The Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. Jonathan Vance, is worried about anything that would give China easier access to Canadian military computer networks. However, he says, he is confident that any security risks from Huawei's participation in expanding 5G service in Canada can be addressed. [node:read-more:link]

U.K. defence and security review

A former national security advisor to the British government is recommending that plans to complete an integrated review of defense, security, foreign policy and development should be put on hold. Peter Rickets echoes others in warning a parliamentary committee that the review, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in December, will suffer from being rushed. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. 5G strategy confirmed

A seven-page document released by the U.S. administration sets out its strategy for 5G telecommunications infrastructure “arm-in-arm with closest partners and allies.” Its release marks the administration’s initial move to meet requirements in new legislation President Donald Trump signed earlier this week. [node:read-more:link]

CAF Latvia targeted by disinformation

Russian hackers are suspected of spreading COVID-19 pandemic disinformation about the Canadian-led NATO battle group in Latvia. “Definitely not true,” the task force commander, Col Eric Laforest, says of recent reports in some Baltic and Eastern European media that there was “a high number” of cases among the CAF at Camp Adazi near the capital city Riga. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. DoD creating security risks?

In a letter to Department of Defense leaders, a group of major suppliers is warning that the DoD’s cybersecurity plan could actually create risks by creating an atmosphere of confusion. They contend that key elements of the plan lack sufficient clarity and predictability. [node:read-more:link]

Artificial boost for intelligence

British intelligence agencies have been told they require computer assistance to counter a variety of threats. The Royal United Services Institute also says new artificial intelligence capabilities are critical to identifying criminal as well as military threats before they become reality. [node:read-more:link]

“The Force” is not with Oracle

Oracle Corp. has lost its latest legal challenge of how the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a multi-billion-dollar cloud-computing contract for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure. The contract originally was awarded to Microsoft after a competition with Amazon Web Services, but Oracle contended that the contract requirements had been tailored to the other companies’ advantage. [node:read-more:link]

5G Bill signed by Trump

The U.S. government executive branch is now legally obliged to develop a strategy for securing 5G and subsequent generations of communications technologies. President Donald Trump signed off on the Secure 5G and Beyond Act even as his administration continues to press its allies to eschew foreign companies such as China’s Huawei. [node:read-more:link]

State’s cybersecurity plan questioned

Nine days before the new U.S. administration was sworn in and some 18 months after it was proposed, a new State Department cybersecurity bureau evidently was set up without evidence of its need. The Government Accountability Office said today that it has “recommended that State use evidence to justify its proposal.” [node:read-more:link]

Cybersecurity wake-up call

An unsuccessful attempt to hack into a Florida city’s water supply is seen as a wake-up call for the U.S. government to assess its protection of critical infrastructure. Officials in the city of Oldsmar and surrounding county say a “bad actor” managed to increase sodium hydroxide levels to potentially dangerous levels but that the hack was intercepted within a few minutes. Local authorities said that “everyone should be on notice.” [node:read-more:link]

NSA codes coopted by hacker

Code developed by the U.S. National Security Agency evidently has been used by Chinese hackers, according to an Israeli company. Check Point Software Technologies reports that some aspects of “Jian” malware linked to China were so similar they could only have been stolen from National Security Agency software leaked in 2017. [node:read-more:link]

IT and cyber security concerns

U.S. federal IT and cybersecurity remain on a Government Accountability Office list of high-risk government concerns. “There’s been limited progress in the majority of the high-risk areas,” Comptroller General Gene Dodaro told a House hearing March 2. [node:read-more:link]


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