CyberSecurity Pulse 2015-12-17
The Protesters Kit Is Getting Closer: Backslash
UK Will Promote Cybersecurity Experts as Reservists to Develop Offensive Skills
The Joint Forces Cyber Group led by the British government is committed to the inclusion of civil talent in the Armed Forces in order to improve their e-skills. Beyond the limits of the development of defense cybercapabilities, the National Offensive Cyber Programme has materialized the collaboration between the Ministry of Defense and the GCHQ to deploy the offensive tools and techniques required by the UK. Although a career in the Armed Forces does not seem to match a lot with the hacker culture, the government has lately created some part-time reservist positions so as to complement the specific needs of the different British military units in this area. Apart from advanced cybersecurity knowledge and being a UK or Commonwealth citizen, the candidates must commit to the minimum annual training lasting from 19 to 27 days a year, including a number of weekend duties spread throughout this period.
Questions to Answer After a Security Breach
In spite of the dedicated efforts to prepare against potential security breaches, it is advisable to keep doing them if you want to minimize costs linked to reputational damages and information losses. Professionals who came together this week to unify visions on how to prepare for possible attacks have been discussing these and other issues related to the evolution of protection measures in terms of cybersecurity. The technological infrastructures of nowadays companies have grown with the use of numerous devices and its management is no longer as simple as before. The highlights of the meeting were related to the relationship with the media in order not to alarm the users unnecessarily, the insufficient information on the costs of cyberinsurances, the need to educate employees to know how vulnerable we are and the need to meet the evolving threats to anticipate them.
Rest of the Week´s News
France Won’t Block Public Wi-Fi or Ban Tor After Terror Attack
Public Wi-Fi networks and Tor won’t be blocked or forbidden in France in the near future, even during a state of emergency. The country’s Ministry of Interior, Manuel Valls, said he had never heard about such requests by police. “Internet is a freedom, is an extraordinary means of communication between people. It is also a means for terrorists to communicate and spread their totalitarian ideology. Thus, the police must take in all of these aspects to improve their fight against terrorism, but the measures we take must be effective”, Valls said.
Twitter Warns of State-Sponsored Attacks on Its Users
A warning email sent by the platform’s network security staff was tweeted yesterday by several Twitter users. In the email, the users were alerted that they may have been affected by cyberattacks on their accounts that the security team thought to be part of a possible state-sponsored attack. Google and Facebook have previously been the only companies to warn their customers about probable state-sponsored attacks.
The Tokyo Police Willing to Stop Malicious Activities by Drones
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police prepares for potential malicious activities perpetrated by drones. As soon as a rogue drone is spotted in the sky, the squad will first attempt to contact its operator and order him to land the drone. However, if the drone operator fails to comply, the anti-drone squad will release their Net-Wielding Drone to capture the drone and drag it away to safety. This move came in the wake of last April’s incident in which the Japanese authorities found a suspicious drone carrying radioactive material from the Fukushima Prefecture onto the roof of the Japan Prime Minister’s Office.