News – September 2018

 


  • Skills gap exacerbates cybersecurity problem as Middle East faces threats

    September 23, 2018

    Driven by digital transformation projects begun by businesses and governments, the Middle East IT industry is seeing many transitions. With newer technologies, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data and the internet of things (IoT), being introduced, the demand for skilled professionals, data scientists and cybersecurity experts is increasing. Cybersecurity has become a top priority for ...

  • Nigerian pirates kidnap 12 crew from Swiss cargo ship

    September 23, 2018

    Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo vessel in Nigerian waters. Massoel Shipping said its vessel, MV Glarus, was carrying wheat from Lniagos to Port Harcourt when it was attacked on Saturday. “The pirate gang boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders and cut the razor wire on deck,” the firm told AFP. The ...

  • Shabaab remains major security threat to Kenya

    September 21, 2018

    The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group remains a potent threat to security in the region, although its capacity to stage regular attacks in urban areas has been degraded. The International Crisis Group, a conflict-prevention think tank, in a report released on the fifth anniversary of Westgate Mall terror attack, warns against complacency despite the reduced number of ...

  • IoT Marks the Convergence of Physical Security and Cybersecurity

    September 21, 2018

    Incorporating the internet into the physical world initially began as a slow shift. It has since gained unprecedented momentum with the emergence of the Internet of Things (“IoT”). Multiple “smart” tools with computing capabilities have become smaller and cheaper, resulting in broader availability and utility. Large budgets were required for an industry to computerize a ...

  • Singapore to offer bug bounty, set up Asean cybersecurity centre

    September 21, 2018

    The Singapore government has announced plans to launch a bug bounty programme by year-end as well as a cybersecurity hub to coordinate training and collaborative efforts amongst Asean country members. The bug bounty initiative aimed to identify “cyber blindspots” and benchmark the government’s defences against cyberattacks, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, at the annual ...

  • Britain to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat

    September 21, 2018

    Britain is significantly increasing its ability to wage war in cyberspace with the creation of a new offensive cyber force of up to 2,000 personnel, Sky News understands. The plan by the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ comes amid a growing cyber threat from Russia and after the UK used cyber weapons for the first time ...

  • British spies ‘hacked into Belgian telecoms firm on ministers’ orders’

    September 21, 2018

    British spies are likely to have hacked into Belgium’s biggest telecommunications operator for at least a two-year period on the instruction of UK ministers, a confidential report submitted by Belgian prosecutors is said to have concluded. The finding would support an allegation made by the whistleblower Edward Snowden five years ago when he leaked 20 slides exposing the ...

  • Remote controlled IED recovered in Manipur

    September 20, 2018

    Assam Rifles jawans recovered a remote controlled improvised explosive device, allegedly planted by proscribed militant outfit PLA, from a road in Kamtong district in Manipur, AR officials said. Weighing three kg, the IED was recovered from a road linking Kamtong village to Skipe village at around 5 pm Wednesday. The IED, supposedly planted by the banned Peoples’Liberation Army (PLA), was later defused. Read ...

  • Philippines: LGU gives metal detectors to secure Kidapawan from IED attacks

    September 20, 2018

    At least 20 metal detectors were distributed to the local police here and other law enforcement units to ensure that the city becomes a ‘hardened target’ of criminal elements, especially groups allegedly engaged in bombing and other unlawful activities, the city’s local chief executive said. Mayor Joseph Evangelista, chair of the City Peace and Order Council ...

  • Ottawa launches probe of cyber security

    September 19, 2018

    Canada is conducting a national security analysis to minimize cyberthreats to the country from equipment made by foreign telecommunications companies, including China’s Huawei – a study that has gained importance since the United States and Australia banned the telecom giant from participating in new wireless cellular networks. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who recently had discussions ...

  • Major Irish utility networks vulnerable to cyber attacks set to have security increased

    September 19, 2018

    Our water supplies, electricity and gas grids and phone networks are all vulnerable to cyber-attacks from tech-terrorists and are about to have their security beefed-up. That is because all of our utilities and essential State services are in some way or another reliant on digital technology, which in turn makes them vulnerable to digital attack. Minister Denis ...

  • Kolkata: Mock bomb drill at city airport

    September 19, 2018

    A mock bomb drill was conducted at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here on Wednesday, a release by the airport authorities said. The threat preparedness evacuation drill was needed to test co-ordination and response of all the agencies functioning in the airport in keeping with the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) requirements. As a part of the ...

  • Teterboro Airport security breached as woman drives car across 2 runways

    September 18, 2018

    A 32-year-old woman was arrested after she got past security at Teterboro Airport Tuesday morning and drove her car across two runways, authorities said. The bizarre scene unfolded just after 9:30 a.m. when a woman followed an authorized vehicle through an open security gate before the guard could stop her, a Port Authority police spokeswoman said in ...

  • Critical infrastructure will have to operate if there’s malware on it or not

    September 16, 2018

    As threats and cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure are expected to intensify in the near future, cyber-security experts believe that companies and government agencies should be prepared to operate networks even if there’s malware or a threat actor on the network or not. The idea is that cyber-attacks should not cause downtime of any form, and networks should be designed in a way ...

  • Bristol Airport blames hackers for three day technical meltdown

    September 16, 2018

    A cyber attack was the cause behind a three day technical meltdown, according to Bristol Airport. The airport’s information screens were out of service on both Friday and Saturday, with holidaymakers having to read departure times off whiteboards scattered around the airport. An airport spokesman said several systems were taken offline on Friday in a bid to ...