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The CyberDiplomat Daily

Date: 12th Jun 2024

Fraud, cyber incidents and corruption are threats to businesses

According to a survey by Allianz Commercial, businesses in Kenya face risks such as cyber incidents, theft, fraud, and corruption. Other identified risks include changes in legislation and regulation, macroeconomic developments, business interruption, climate change, energy crises, political risks, and natural catastrophes. The survey involved 3,069 risk management experts from 92 countries and found that globally, the top five business risks are cyber incidents, business interruption, natural catastrophes, changes in legislation, and macroeconomic developments. The majority of responses came from large companies, and the survey included experts from 24 industry sectors and countries in Africa and the Middle East.

AlgoSec double-layered cloud security solution minimises critical cyber security blind spots in cloud environments

AlgoSec, a global cybersecurity leader, has unveiled the new Prevasio Cloud Security platform, offering a double-layered cloud security solution to address the evolving cloud network security landscape. This solution provides deep visibility into cloud network risks, holistic risk identification, support for third-party firewalls, and tailored guardrail policies. According to Eran Shiff, VP Product at AlgoSec, the platform aims to eliminate blind spots in cloud security through over 150 deep network checks, providing comprehensive protection for critical business applications.

Microsoft and Google Join Forces with White House to Shield Rural Hospitals from Cyber Onslaught

To address the increasing cyber threat to healthcare facilities, Microsoft and Google, in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the White House, are launching new initiatives to bolster cybersecurity in over 2,100 rural hospitals. This is in response to the spike in ransomware attacks. Microsoft will offer discounted cybersecurity resources, and Google will provide endpoint security advice and funding for software migrations. Rural hospitals are particularly vulnerable, with recent attacks causing disruptions in care. Microsoft's plan includes free Windows 10 security updates, cybersecurity assessments, staff training, and discounts of up to 75%. The urgent need for such measures was highlighted by a recent ransomware attack on a Texas hospital that led to disruptions in patient care. This joint effort aims to counter the escalating cyber threats to rural healthcare.

Cabinet to consider joining a number of European military projects

The Cabinet will consider joining several European military projects today, including those related to cyber defense and undersea cable security. Tánaiste Micheál Martin will propose military capability projects for two European Defence Agency (EDA) and two Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) projects. PESCO is a framework where EU member states cooperate on shared capability projects to enhance the operations of their respective Armed Forces. Ireland has been participating in PESCO projects since receiving Dáil approval in December 2017, and participation is completely voluntary. The CSIP project aims to enhance EU cooperation in monitoring, securing, and defending critical seabed infrastructure against various threats, including sabotage, terrorism, and espionage. The Tánaiste will also seek approval for the Irish Defence Forces' participation for a further year in the International Security Presence in Kosovo (KFOR), consisting of up to thirteen military personnel from June 2024.

NHS cyber attack causing chaos in London hits other hospitals in UK

A major cyber attack on NHS testing services in London has impacted Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust. The attack, orchestrated by Russian cybercriminals, has caused significant disruption for multiple NHS trusts and hospitals in London. The attack has resulted in the cancellation of over 200 emergency and life-saving operations, affecting a third of procedures and operations, including non-surgical appointments and urgent cancer diagnoses. Furthermore, the attack has limited hospitals' ability to cross-check patients' blood types, leading to a plea for patients with type-O blood to come forward and donate due to a national shortage of this blood type. The ransomware attack is suspected to have been carried out by the Russian cybercrime group Qilin and may impact NHS services for months.

Alleged cyber stalking: Five Enugu doctors face trial

Five members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Enugu State chapter, are set to appear before a Federal High Court in Enugu over alleged cyber stalking. The doctors are accused of sending messages through WhatsApp capable of causing harm to their colleagues, violating the Cybercrime Act. The arraignment was postponed to July 9, 2024. This development has been well-received by the association, as it is seen as a step towards restoring order within the medical community and preventing defamatory actions.

Editorial: Japan gov't must not violate rights when introducing 'active' cyber defense

The Japanese government is fast-tracking the establishment of laws for proactive cyber defense to protect against increasing cyber threats. This approach involves measures such as constant monitoring of cyberspace and "sanitizing" sources of attacks by infiltrating their servers. However, challenges include potential conflicts with existing laws and concerns about violating communication privacy. Oversight similar to that in Europe and the U.S. is needed to ensure accountability and prevent abuse. Open debates are crucial to gain public understanding and agreement on this matter.

Some City Services Restored After Wichita Cyber Attack

The City of Wichita experienced a ransomware attack, causing several online services to go offline. Some services, such as water bill payments and public Wi-Fi, are back up and running, while others, like departure screens at the airport, are still unavailable. Customers can pay water bills online and in person, but some account information at public libraries and certain court information are still inaccessible.

Dutch intelligence says Chinese cyber espionage goes wider than it suspected

Dutch military intelligence revealed that Chinese cyber espionage was more extensive than previously thought. A Chinese state-backed hacking group was behind a 2023 attack on the Dutch defense ministry, claiming at least 20,000 victims worldwide. The targets included Western governments, international organizations, and defense companies. The MIVD urged organizations to adopt the "Assume Breach" principle. In April, the MIVD reported that Chinese spies targeted Dutch semiconductor, aerospace, and maritime industries to strengthen China's armed forces.

State and Local Governments’ Cyber Resilience Efforts Face Constraints

According to a recent report from CDW, 89% of government IT and security professionals are confident about their cybersecurity visibility, but face challenges such as budget constraints and understaffed security teams. Stephanie Hagopian, VP of security for CDW, emphasized the importance of automation and a zero-trust approach to address these challenges, with 90% of respondents reporting some level of zero-trust adoption.

Ukrainian HUR hackers wage invisible war against Russia with over 50 cyber operations conducted

Ukraine's Defense Intelligence (HUR) revealed that Ukrainian military intelligence has conducted over 50 cyber operations in Russia since the invasion began. Ukrainian hackers have obtained terabytes of classified data about the enemy, and the HUR group is using this information to counter the enemy. The Russians have struggled to defend against these cyber attacks, resorting to physical disconnection of equipment from the global network, but this has not been effective.

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