LONDON: Britain on Thursday announced the formation of a National Cyber Force of government hackers to launch cyberattacks against criminals, terrorists and hostile states. It is part of a pledge by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver the country's biggest military spending increase since the Cold War. WHAT WILL IT DO? The hacking unit, which has been operational since earlier this year, is made up of specialists from Britain's armed forces and GCHQ signals intelligence agency. The National Cyber Force "brings together intelligence and defence capabilities to transform the UK's ability to contest adversaries in cyber space", said GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming. Officials declined to discuss specific targets or operations, but said the unit's work could include disrupting terrorist communication networks, taking down organised crime groups and disabling enemy weapons systems. HOW DOES BRITAIN COMPARE TO OTHER POWERS? The announcement formally confirms Britain's role … [Read more...] about What is Britain’s National Cyber Force?
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SINGAPORE: To build up the Government’s cyber and data security capabilities, S$1 billion will be put aside over the next three years, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said during his Budget speech on Tuesday (Feb 18). As a small city-state, Singapore is vulnerable to volatilities in its external environment, he said, adding the country’s security remains a high priority in the Budget and must be “funded adequately”. He noted that as digitalisation becomes more pervasive, Singapore must be prepared to deal with cyber threats. The setting up of the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) in 2015 and the passing of the Cybersecurity Act in 2018 helped significantly raise the country’s capabilities in this area, he said. “CSA is preparing measures for the next level of cybersecurity, as we adopt more advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud and the internet of things, “ said Mr Heng, who is also the Finance Minister. “All of us - in the Government, enterprises and … [Read more...] about Budget 2020: S$1b to be spent on enhancing Government’s cyber, data security capabilities
SINGAPORE: Government agencies have rectified about 80 per cent of "high-risk" data security issues that were found in a recent review, and work is under way to introduce new systems to improve user access security, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) told CNA. Findings of the review were released last November, after a Public Sector Data Review Committee inspected 336 systems across 94 public sector agencies. It was part of a major review to better protect the public's personal data. In its report, the committee said that about three-quarters of agencies had at least one finding of non-compliance with a government manual on data policies and standards. Sixty-four per cent of agencies were rated “low-risk”, 23 per cent were rated “medium-risk” and the remaining 13 per cent were rated “high-risk”. The most common shortcomings found were in the management and monitoring of privileged user accounts, user access reviews, as well as the encryption of emails with … [Read more...] about Government agencies have fixed 80% of high-risk data security issues found in review: SNDGG
WASHINGTON: US auto safety regulators said on Thursday (Nov 19) they are opening a formal regulatory proceeding that could eventually result in the adoption of new safety standards for autonomous vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it was issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to get public input on how to ensure the safety of future self-driving vehicles. Companies like General Motors, Alphabet's Waymo and Tesla are working on vehicles that can drive themselves. "This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,” said US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in a statement. NHTSA said the proceeding could result in the agency issuing new guidance documents addressing best industry practices, providing information to consumers or formal regulations including rules requiring reporting and disclosures to new … [Read more...] about US agency opens regulatory proceeding to ensure self-driving car safety
SINGAPORE: The high-level committee tasked with reviewing data security practices across Singapore’s public sector is recommending that 13 technical measures, including confirmation prompts for emails with sensitive data, be implemented immediately and ahead of its final report to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong later this year. In a progress report issued by the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) on Monday (Jul 15), the Public Sector Data Security Review Committee said it is completing a comprehensive review of the civil service’s data security regime. READ: PM Lee convenes committee to review data security practices in public service READ: Committee tasked with reviewing data security practices in public sector holds first meeting This includes a government-wide stocktake of data management practices and in-depth inspections of key IT systems, it said. According to an SNDGO spokesperson, the in-depth inspections focused on the IT systems of five … [Read more...] about Confirmation prompts for emails among 13 data security measures to be rolled out across public sector