What will succeed the National Cyber Security Strategy?
As the National Cyber Security Strategy nears the end of its working life, the government is considering what comes next, and is asking probing questions of its successes and failures.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has begun to consider what will succeed the National Cyber Security Strategy when the programme reaches the end of its life in the next year or so, taking into account the successes and failures of the project as it works towards its ultimate goals of making the UK the safest place to live and work online.
Launched in 2016, the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 set out the government’s plan to make the UK more secure and resilient in cyber space.
Saudis recruited Twitter employees to spy on critics
Court documents reveal how the Saudi Arabian government targeted Twitter employees as part of a coordinated effort to gather information on known dissidents.
The Saudi Arabian government recruited two Twitter employees to supply personal information relating to dissidents and other political opponents, according to newly unsealed court documents.
The two employees were named in the documents as US citizen Ahmad Abouammo and Saudi citizen Ali Alzabarah. Another Saudi citizen, Ahmed Almutairi, a marketing executive with alleged ties to the Saudi royal family – who control domestic politics in the hard-line conservative kingdom – has also been charged. This is the first time any Saudis have been directly charged with spying in the US.
Brittany Kaiser calls for Facebook political ad ban at Web Summit
Former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser, recognisable to many as the unlikely star of the Netflix documentary The Great Hack, has appeared at Web Summit in Lisbon.
The documentary followed the self-styled whistleblower as she testified to the UK parliament about what she knew when she worked at the firm as a business development manager.
Now with a book out, she has reinvented herself as a data privacy guru aiming to educate youngsters about disinformation, and planning to put data back into the hands of users via blockchain technology.
Global security workforce must more than double to meet demand
There are about 2.8 million cyber security professionals working today, and the world needs four million more.
Such is the extent of the cyber security skills shortfall that the global workforce needs to more than double in size to make up the numbers, according to new research by cyber security professional association (ISC)².
In the latest annual edition of its Cyber security workforce study, (ISC)² calculated the current global cyber security workforce for the first time, putting the figure at 2.8 million professionals, but revealed that 4.07 million more were needed to close the skills gap. In the UK, it found about 289,000 security pros, compared with 121,000 in France and 133,000 in Germany, and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), identified a shortage of 291,000.
Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant smart speakers – they’re all open to remote laser attacks
Researchers show smart speakers can be controlled from afar with laser beams and instructed to open smart locks and garage doors.
Researchers have found that MEMS microphones are so sensitive they can interpret light as sound, allowing an attacker to shoot silent commands to voice assistants from afar.
Since the bug is general to MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) microphones, the attack can work against all devices that use them, including Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Facebook Portal, and Apple Siri.
Ransomware authors seeking new ways to avoid being spotted
Sector analysis from Sophos has revealed some insight into how malware authors are adapting to thwart cyber security controls.
Ransomware authors are changing up their campaigns to evade existing security controls, obfuscating their origins, and some are even adapting to use vulnerabilities in monitoring and management tools against their owners, according to the SophosLabs 2020 threat report.
With ransomware now hitting huge numbers of targets every day, the potential for its authors to get rich quick has never been higher.