New Caliph, Same Old Problems (Foreign Affairs) The man upon whom ISIS’s continued resurgence now depends is Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.
U.S. Cybercom contemplates information warfare to counter Russian interference in 2020 election (Washington Post) Potential tactics would target senior officials and oligarchs.
White House Expands Use of Cyber Weapons but Stays Secretive on Policies (Wall Street Journal) Lawmakers are demanding more information about the guidelines the military uses to launch offensive operations in cyberspace. The White House has kept the cyber directive largely under wraps.
'Shattered': Inside the secret battle to save America's undercover spies in the digital age (Yahoo News) When hackers began slipping into computer systems at the Office of Personnel Management in the spring of 2014, no one inside that federal agency could have predicted the potential scale and magnitude of the damage. Over the next six months, those hackers — later identified as working for the Chinese
Russia prepares to carry out 'domestic internet' test (Mail Online) Russia will carry out tests on Monday on the reliability of its domestic internet infrastructure in the event that the country is disconnected, according to the communications ministry.
Lack of guidance leaves public services in limbo on AI, says watchdog (the Guardian) CCTV commissioner says he gets many queries about facial recognition and other tools
Huawei should be allowed 5G role in Italy: Industry minister (Reuters) Chinese telecoms firm Huawei should be allowed a role in Italy's future 5G ...
DoT to use 5G trials to evaluate security vulnerabilities, then decide on Chinese vendors for roll outs (The Economic Times) This is the first time that India, caught in a diplomatic and economic tussle between the US and China, has taken an official stance permittng the Chiniese firms. It boosts the Chinese companys hopes of playing a part in the deployment of the next generation technology in India despite US objections. Huawei is said to be at least a year ahead of its rivals in 5G technology development.
Germany and India are shrugging off US warnings on Huawei (Quartz) India and Germany's 5G trials with Huawei signal a potential snub to the US, which has been warning countries about security risks from the Chinese telecom firm.
Political parties at odds as Ottawa nears 5G decision on Huawei (National Post) The opposition Conservatives are pressing the Liberals to deny Huawei a role in assembling the country’s 5G infrastructure, alleging it will allow Beijing to spy on Canadians more easily
GSA pushes forward with ban on Huawei, ZTE in 2020 (FedScoop) The Federal Acquisition Service’s first refresh of its consolidated schedule will include the ban on contracting with vendors tied to Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE via the supply chain. While the refresh is slated for Jan. 15, agencies have until Aug. 13, to comply with the ban laid out in Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the National Defense Authorization Act of …
How the Justice Department Incentivizes Companies to Invest in Compliance (Wall Street Journal) Matt Miner, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s criminal division, explains why prosecutors are getting more sophisticated about corporate compliance, and why it should be considered a ‘super mitigator.’
Lawmakers close to finalizing federal strategy to defend against cyberattacks (TheHill) A federal strategy for defending the U.S. government against cyberattacks is one step closer to completion, with lawmakers saying they have a draft form that could be finalized as early as March.
Private and Public CCPA Enforcement Will Launch on January 1, 2020 Despite California AG Delay (Cooley) As we approach the January 1, 2020 effective date of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), many companies are feeling in the dark about how and when the CCPA will be enforced. Will the Califo…
California is rewriting the rules of the internet. Businesses are scrambling to keep up (Los Angeles Times) A new law that will let you opt out of the online data economy goes into effect on Jan. 1 — assuming businesses can figure out how to make that happen in time.
U.S. Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices (Reuters) Earlier this week the United States Navy banned the social media app TikTok from...
There’s a new role for this Air Force cybersecurity outfit (Fifth Domain) Initially created to look at legacy weapon systems, the Air Force CROWS office will be taking aim at ensuring cybersecurity concerns are taken into account from the start of new programs.
Maryland National Guard reveals new brand; demonstrates capabilities (DVIDS) As a new decade begins, so comes a new symbol depicting the Maryland National Guard’s future focus in a competitive global environment.
Can this group become 1-800-AI for the Pentagon? (C4ISRNET) “The JAIC is not just about delivering the products. We’re really trying to work toward becoming the DoD’s AI Center of Excellence,” said Nathaniel D. Bastian, a senior data scientist and AI engineer with the Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. “We want to be 1-800-AI.”
UK's cyber security chief Ciaran Martin to step down next year (Sky News) Ciaran Martin will leave his job at the head of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre next year.
Every Pa. county will have new voting machines — with paper trails — in 2020 (Philadelphia Inquirer) In the presidential election year, every vote cast by Pennsylvania voters will leave a paper trail that can be audited or recounted.