- Customs invests $1.4M to beef up cybersecurity. From Manila Bulletin. The Bureau of Custom has invested $1.4 million in a comprehensive cybersecurity program that will protect the government’s second largest tax agency from cybercriminal activities. Customs Commissioner Alberto D. Lina said they partnered with Microsoft Philippines to implement reforms in the agency’s information and communications technology and establish the highest data integrity assurance levels. Lina said Customs is the first government agency to implement a comprehensive cybersecurity program in less than year. Earlier, several government institutions, including the Commission on Elections’ controversial “comeleak,” were targeted by cybercriminals that drastically affected public trust.
Cyber-crooks meet their match with Israeli-developed GPS protector. From Times Of Israel. Farr more than a tool for Waze users to figure out the best routes to their destinations, the Global Positioning System is used in a wide variety of endeavors and industries. Among them, to name a few, are agriculture, to help farmers determine the ideal spots to plant crops; shipping, to guide ships across the ocean; retail sales, to help companies keep track of their products; aviation, to ensure that planes are able to get to their destination; and defense, to position systems to ensure response to attack.
- ‘Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War’: The worldwide war of keystrokes. From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You’ve heard the complaining, from the White House on down, about the cyberattacks on our country. Well, yes, you guessed it: We started it. That’s one of the central thrusts of Fred Kaplan’s “Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.” Because it pioneered computing, the U.S. intelligence agencies enjoyed decades of dominance over rivals, and even learned how to remotely wreak havoc on, say, the Iranian nuclear program. But because nearly everything in our country is networked, we’re uniquely vulnerable now that the rest of the world has caught up.