Public Sector Cybersecurity Weekly Briefing 02-02-2018

UK Government Warns Energy, Health and Water Brands to Prepare for Cyber Attacks or Face Fines
Under the new system any cyber breaches and IT failures will have to be reported to the regulator who will assess whether appropriate security measures were in place. The regulator will have the power to issue legally-binding instructions to improve security, and – if appropriate – impose financial penalties. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has today published detailed guidance to help organisations comply, which is based around 14 key principles.


National Security Threats in Year One of Trump Administration: Cyber Security, Lone Wolves
“The United States worries about the destructive attack…it’s the attack that corrupts a hard drive and literally destroys it and destroys the data,” said Townsend, pointing to the cyberattacks carried out in the Middle East and on Sony Corporation by the North Koreans. She adds, however, that “influence operations” that mirror that of Russia’s meddling or influence in the 2016 election pose a “real threat” to the U.S.


Terabit Army: China Squares up on the Battlefield of Information
The result was the “informationization” of warfare, where information is applied to all aspects of warfare. This included not just weapons, but logistics, personnel selection and management, and decision-making. “Information dominance,” in this context, entails the ability to collect more information, manage it better, transmit it faster, and employ it more precisely and more accurately than the adversary.


Montana to FCC: You Can’t Stop Us From Protecting Net Neutrality
The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules attempts to preempt states and localities from issuing their own similar rules. But Bullock’s executive order doesn’t directly require ISPs to follow net neutrality rules. Instead, ISPs that accept contracts to provide Internet service to any state agency must agree to abide by net neutrality principles throughout the state. Bullock’s fact sheet is titled, “Why Isn’t Montana’s Executive Order Preempted?” and it offers numerous answers to that question.


Biggest Security Breach in Australian History: Top Secret Files Found in Old Cabinet
ABC published a controversial report earlier on Wednesday, detailing how they obtained hundreds of top-secret and highly classified documents in what they dubbed as an “extraordinary breach of national security.” According to a lengthy report from Australia’s largest broadcasting network, the thousands of pages of documents had been left in two filing cabinets, which the government sold off at a second-hand shop in Canberra.



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