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Preventing cyber crime is central to GCHQ’s mission, says chief

The head of the UK’s spy agency GCHQ has said that protecting Britain from cyber crime must be as central to its mission as defending the country from terrorism.

Jeremy Fleming spelt out his vision for the future direction of the agency in the opinion pages of the Sunday Telegraph [8 October] after the National Cyber Security Centre, which was set up a year ago within GCHQ, issued its first report last week [3 October].

The NCSC is the centrepiece of a five-year National Security Strategy that was launched by the British government in 2016, under which it pledged to invest £1.9 billion in cyber security by 2020.

“In my view, the Government was right to house the NCSC in GCHQ,” Fleming said in the article. “Over the past year, it has responded to nearly 600 significant incidents requiring a national, coordinated response.”

Recent cyber attacks

Read more at: https://www.globalgovernmentforum.com/preventing-cyber-crime-central-gchqs-mission-says-chief/

Parents need to tackle cyber bullying, not just companies says research chief

The head of the National Anti-Bullying Research Centre has said a greater emphasis on parental responsibility is necessary to tackle cyber bullying, not just the regulation of internet companies.

Dr James O’Higgins Norman, associate professor of sociology at Dublin City University was reacting to new measures announced in the UK of a voluntary levy on companies such as Google and Facebook to help raise awareness on the issue.

The unspecified financial contribution would help fund the UK’s online safety strategy, designed to tackle bullying, abuse and other risks for children and vulnerable users.

Prime minister Theresa May has been critical of firms like Twitter, repeatedly calling on them to do more to stop the spread of extremist content and to help victims of abuse.

On Wednesday, digital minister Karen Bradley published proposals including the levy, a code of practice on removing intimidating or humiliating content from social media, and

Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/parents-need-to-tackle-cyber-bullying-not-just-companies-says-research-chief-1.3252708

​Cybersecurity as big a challenge as counterterrorism, says spy chief

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Defending against cyberattacks is as big a challenge for the UK as protecting against terrorism, according to the director of GCHQ.

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Iowa elections chief to seek tech upgrades to block cyber-hackers

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Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says the integrity of the state’s elections system remains intact, although he acknowledges it’s been repeatedly attacked by outsiders who have included would-be hackers from Russia.

“On a regular basis, we have bad actors who attempt to breach our system. Hundreds of thousands every single day … and we deflect them so that they are not successful,” Pate said. “To be a hacker, they have to

Read more at: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/27/iowa-secretary-state-seeks-upgrades-battle-attempted-hackers/704202001/

Spy chief hired by insurance company to track cyber crime

Hiscox chief executive Steve Langan said: “There are few experts better-placed to advise on cyber risk than Mr Hannigan and we are hugely excited to have him on board.”

“The risks that cyber criminals pose, both to businesses and individuals in the UK, are significant and sophisticated,” Mr Hannigan warned, adding that insurers must “evolve their understanding and defence against cyber crime”.

“We know that industry is crying out for these skills in volume; not just a hand-picked elite needed to work at GCHQ to ensure national security, but an entire generation of skilled people to protect British industry,” said Marcus Scott, the group’s chief financial officer. 

Read more at: http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/856981/Hiscox-cyber-insurance-GCHQ-Robert-Hannigan

Hiscox hires spy chief to track cyber crime | City & Business …

Hiscox chief executive Steve Langan said: “There are few experts better-placed to advise on cyber risk than Mr Hannigan and we are hugely excited to have him on board.”

“The risks that cyber criminals pose, both to businesses and individuals in the UK, are significant and sophisticated,” Mr Hannigan warned, adding that insurers must “evolve their understanding and defence against cyber crime”.

“We know that industry is crying out for these skills in volume; not just a hand-picked elite needed to work at GCHQ to ensure national security, but an entire generation of skilled people to protect British industry,” said Marcus Scott, the group’s chief financial officer. 

Read more at: http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/856981/Hiscox-cyber-insurance-GCHQ-Robert-Hannigan

Lloyd’s of London insurer Hiscox hires former spy chief to fight cyber crime

The former boss of GCHQ who resigned suddenly from the British spy agency earlier this year has resurfaced in the insurance sector with a mandate to spot new cyber crime techniques. 

Robert Hannigan, who set up the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) during his two-and-a-half year stint at the intelligence agency, has been hired by Lloyd’s of London insurer Hiscox to advise on emerging cyber threats and new criminal techniques. 

The high-profile appointment follows a string of major cyber security breaches that have resulted in rising demand for cyber insurance. Insurers are fighting against banks and other financial institutions to hire those with cyber expertise as hackers grow increasingly sophisticated and find fresh ways to break the system. 

“The risks that cyber criminals pose, both to businesses and individuals in the UK, are significant and sophisticated,” Mr Hannigan warned, adding that insurers must “evolve their understanding and defence against cyber crime”.

His resignation from GCHQ in January came as a surprise, with the

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/09/20/lloyds-london-insurer-hiscox-hires-former-spy-chief-fight-cyber/

Lloyd’s of London insurer Hiscox hires former spy chief to fight cyber …

The former boss of GCHQ who resigned suddenly from the British spy agency earlier this year has resurfaced in the insurance sector with a mandate to spot new cyber crime techniques. 

Robert Hannigan, who set up the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) during his two-and-a-half year stint at the intelligence agency, has been hired by Lloyd’s of London insurer Hiscox to advise on emerging cyber threats and new criminal techniques. 

The high-profile appointment follows a string of major cyber security breaches that have resulted in rising demand for cyber insurance. Insurers are fighting against banks and other financial institutions to hire those with cyber expertise as hackers grow increasingly sophisticated and find fresh ways to break the system. 

“The risks that cyber criminals pose, both to businesses and individuals in the UK, are significant and sophisticated,” Mr Hannigan warned, adding that insurers must “evolve their understanding and defence against cyber crime”.

His resignation from GCHQ in January came as a surprise, with the

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/09/20/lloyds-london-insurer-hiscox-hires-former-spy-chief-fight-cyber/

‘Criminals get into your living room through your laptop’ – Cumbria crime chief issues digital security warning

Police chiefs in Cumbria have been forced to double their force’s cyber crime budget in a decade – as it is revealed councils in Cumbria have suffered a series of digital attacks.

The force is now spending more than half a million pounds a year in the fight against digital criminality – up from just £250,000 in 2010.

The startling information came to light this week as Cumbria’s police and crime commissioner Peter McCall warned international online criminals are ‘entering peoples’ homes via their laptop’ or computer.

Mr McCall claimed every resident can take action to help stop the perpetrators of online crime in their tracks.

“We can all do more, every one of us,” he added.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Peter McCall.

“These criminals get into your living room or bedroom through your laptop and we have to be alive to that.

“We need to make sure people’s

Read more at: http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/Criminals-get-into-your-living-room-through-your-laptop-Cumbria-crime-chief-issues-digital-security-warning-54a8ffed-4ae9-457a-a05e-1f8180aa7e58-ds

SEC chief says cyber crime risks are substantial, systemic

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Regulators must do more to help mom-and-pop investors better understand the potential risks posed by cyber crime and new technologies used to commit fraud, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said on Tuesday.

Clayton, who was appointed to the commission earlier this year, said cyber security would be one of the top enforcement issues during his tenure at the head of Wall Street’s main regulator.

“I am not comfortable that the American investing public understands the substantial risks that we face systemically from cyber issues,” he said during a panel discussion at New York University. “I’d like to see better disclosure around that.”

One concern for the SEC relates to a rise in cases of information being stolen by hackers to gain some sort of market advantage, said Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the SEC’s enforcement division, who joined Clayton on the panel along with

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sec-enforcement/sec-chief-says-cyber-crime-risks-are-substantial-systemic-idUSKCN1BH094