KW 4: United States: Change in cyber security strategy, Japan to hold first competitive cybersecurity talent search, Change in the data center landscape


United States: Change in cyber security strategy: The cybersecurity situation in the US hasn’t really improved under Trump’s administration: the attacks against the public and private sector are and were too high. The new President Joe Biden therefore has a lot to do. Andreas Müller, Regional Director at Vectra AI, explains that in terms of cyber security, the Trump era was the exact opposite of safe: a rather precarious mixture – good for war, but bad for privacy, with a bit of disinformation as an addition.

Japan to hold first competitive cybersecurity talent search: The Japanese defense ministry is set to hold its first contest in which participants compete to show their understanding of cybersecurity and ability to put their skills to work, as the government searches for talent to strengthen the country’s digital defenses. “The threat of cyberattacks has been increasing and becoming more sophisticated by the day, and it is our pressing task to improve our capabilities,” Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said at a news conference Friday. He expressed hope the contest will help the ministry discover high-quality recruits.

Two-thirds of CISOs say they’ll be cyber attack victims this year: Over 50% of security leaders in the UK and Ireland say their organizations experienced some form of cyber attack in 2020 and more than 60% are concerned that they are at risk of attack this year, rising to almost 90% in the largest organizations, according to a survey of security professionals conducted for Proofpoint by polling firm Censuswide. The survey also revealed the biggest sources of risk in the eyes of security professionals, with 55% saying human error and lack of basic security awareness was the biggest risk they faced, largely because even the most advanced security tools are rendered powerless against them.

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Change in the data center landscape: Fiber optic cabling and intelligent edge concepts can help master the growing amounts of data from a wide variety of sources and real-time analyses relating to AI algorithms or predictive maintenance. Data centers from cloud providers are increasing steadily. Studies show that more than 90 percent of CIOs want to shorten response and download times. For this, high-performance, structured and real-time capable fiber optic networks are needed.

Myriota to provide IoT services for Australian government space project: Myriota will take part in a new project by the Australian government involving satellite, the company announced Wednesday. It will be involved in the SASAT1 Space Services Mission to deliver space services to South Australia. The $6.5 million project was announced by South Australian Government Premier Steven Marshall, and marks a new partnership between the South Australian state government and industry. Myriota will provide Internet of Things (IoT) space services for the new small satellite, which, once deployed, will support the improvement of state emergency, environment, water monitoring, and bushfire mitigation services.

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The balance of AI regulation in politics: Projects and research in the field of artificial intelligence are considered key technologies of the future and are therefore being heavily funded. However, politics should not neglect the potential dangers of such applications, warns media and technology ethicist Thilo Hagendorff. With AI, for example, programs can use profile pictures of people to infer their political, sexual orientation or personality traits with a certain probability. That is why an ethics advisory board (Public Advisory Board) was founded in Cyber Valley in Baden-Württemberg to help researchers reflect on ethical and social issues. It is the first and only time in the world that such a civil society platform has existed, said Ulrich Hemel, director of the Global Ethic Institute in Tübingen.

The top cybersecurity challenges of 2021: According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2021, cyber risks continue ranking among global risks. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated technological adoption, yet exposed cyber vulnerabilities and unpreparedness, while at the same time exacerbated the tech inequalities within and between societies. Looking at the year ahead, it is critical to continue elevating cybersecurity as a strategic business issue and develop more partnerships between industries, business leaders, regulators and policymakers. Just like any other strategic societal challenge, cybersecurity cannot be addressed in silos. The complexity of digitalization means that governments are fighting different battles — from “fake news” intended to influence elections to cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure. These include the recent wave of ransomware attacks on healthcare systems to the pervasive impact of a compromised provider of widely-adopted network management systems. Vital processes, such as the delivery of the vaccines in the months to come, may also be at risk.


„We identified an ongoing campaign targeting specific Linux users. The actor behind this campaign is a very experienced hacker and therefore extremely dangerous.“
Christine Schönig, Regional Director Security Engineering CER, Office of the CTO, at Check Point Software Technologies, warns of FreakOut cyber attacks on Linux systems.


Norway fines Grindr over data privacy breach : Norway is planning to fine gay dating app Grindr more than €9 million for data privacy breaches. The country’s data protection watchdog has accused the company of failing to get consent from users before sharing their personal information with advertising companies. It comes after a complaint by the Norwegian Consumer Council, which had alleged that users‘ personal data was being shared unlawfully for marketing purposes. In a 2020 report, the council had said that Grindr and other dating apps were leaking personal information to technology partner companies to use for targeted advertising.

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