Sacrebleu. Those crafty Brits (in reality, London City based Banks) are now planning on hoarding Bitcoins to pay cyberransoms to so-called cybercriminals. Translation: They are currently doing so, so come on guys, make your scurrilous demands, they're ready for you. HatTip
"The virtual currency, which is highly prized by criminal networks because it cannot be traced, is being acquired by blue chip companies in order to pay ransoms..." via The Guardian's Jamie Doward
Considering the country's highly systems-literate populis, this is one of the more interesting cases of a so-called Cybernational Guard, this time, stationed at the K5 Barracks (NATO Cyber Defense Center, Tallinn, Estonia), in quite likely one of the most astoundingly beautiful countries on our planet - Estonia!
Earlier this month (in April 2015 if you are reading this post in the far distant future...) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released NIST Draft NISTIR 8050; in which, an interesting summary appears of a technical workshop held at Stanford University in conjuction with the Presidents' Cybersecurity Summit.
Pursuant to completeing the draft cycle of the document, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence NNCoE (a Center of Excellence and a component of NIST) has issued a Call for Comments, focusing on the content of that document. In this instance, related to your agency, company, buereau, department, country or other organizations' information and/or cybersecurity issues. I've included a link to NISTIR 8050 to assist in fulfilling the Call for Comments. Enjoy.
ISOC - the Internet Society, has released the compiled results of the organizations' 2015 Internet Governance Survey (download the PDF here). Via the 2015 Internet Governance Survey, the primary takeaways are:
The majority of respondents (86%) indicated that Cybersecurity is the most important issue facing the Internet community today;
The priorities for the community are to make Internet governance easier to understand (with 75% feeling that this is “Extremely” or “Very Important”) and to develop and share best practices amongst countries and communities (70% indicating that this was Extremely” or “Very Important”);
A high percentage of respondents (90%) indicated that informal local and regional communities should be enhanced while 87% of respondents want the global, regional, and national Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) to be enhanced; and
27% of respondents think NMI is needed for effective Internet governance, while 56% indicated that they are unclear as to whether NMI is needed, and 17% think it is not needed.
News, of the fifth edition of the Masterclass, a UK cyberwarfare exercise, held on board the HMS Belfast (one of the United Kingdom's five Imperial War Museums, and of course, in this case a former ship of the line, anchored on the Thames) comes to us by way of Ars Technica independent writer Emiko Jozuka.
"The competition, known as the Masterclass and developed by a group of cyber experts led by BT, is now in its fifth year and aims to plug the skills shortage currently affecting both governments and UK businesses. The competition essentially invites participants to put their skills to the test and experience a dramatized version of events faced by regular cybercrime fighting professionals. It also allows sponsors of the competition such as BT, Lockheed Martin, and Airbus, to hover on the sidelines and cherry pick the next cybercrime busting whizz kids." - Ars Technica's Emiko Jozuka