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Tripwire Survey: 70 Percent of Energy Security Professionals Concerned About ‘Catastrophic Failure’ From Cyberthreats

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organizations, today announced the results of a survey conducted by Dimensional Research examining industrial control systems (ICS) security in the energy industry. The survey was conducted in March, and its respondents included 151 IT and operational technology (OT) security professionals at energy and oil and gas companies.According to the survey, 70 percent of respondents are concerned that a successful cyberattack could cause a catastrophic failure, such as an explosion. With widespread recognition of the physical threat cyberattacks present against the energy and oil and gas industry, 97 percent are concerned that attacks could cause operational shutdowns, and 96 percent believe they could impact the safety of their employees.”Energy companies have accepted the reality that digital threats can have tangible consequences,” said Tim Erlin, vice president of product management and strategy at Tripwire. “This perception is perhaps heightened by recent attacks that were specifically designed to affect physical operations and have proven capable of doing so.” Respondents were also asked about their organizations’ security investments, with the following results:While 65 percent feel their company invests sufficiently in ICS security, 62 percent said that lack of budget and investment continues to be the biggest barrier in meeting ICS security goals.
Of those who said their company does not invest sufficiently, 56 percent believe it would take a significant attack to get their companies to a proper level of investment.
Ninety-one percent are worried about attacks on their ICS. Fifty-nine percent said their companies increased security investments because of ICS-targeted attacks like Trisis/Triton, Industroyer/CrashOverride and Stuxnet.Forty-five percent said ransomware has had the most significant impact in increasing their security investment, compared to 44 percent who said Trisis/Triton and Industroyer/CrashOverride and 11 percent who said Stuxnet.It is widely recommended that organizations properly secure their critical infrastructure ICS with a layered approach, commonly referred to as Defense in Depth. In the survey, only 35 percent of respondents said they implement a multilayered approach to ICS security. Thirty-four percent said they focus primarily on network level security, and 14 percent said ICS device security.
Erlin added: “It’s encouraging to see that companies have increased their security investment somewhat. However, it’s concerning that more than half would wait for an attack to happen before investing properly, given what’s at stake with critical infrastructure. The energy industry should invest in establishing more robust cybersecurity strategies, with a proper foundation of critical security controls and layers of defense.”

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Silvertoken: A Stabilizing Currency in an Unstable World

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 dicembre 2017

mercato globaleWith all of the chaos surrounding global currencies (digital and paper), where is the stability? That is the question a new company sets out to answer. With cryptocurrencies in a constant state of flux, some people are questioning if they are just another internet fad. But would governments even pay attention to just a fad? No, and that is why governments are scrambling to protect their precious fiat currencies through manipulation and inflation. So where does one easily and safely protect their wealth in a physical asset? Silvertoken ( steps in to provide stability and security by creating digital silver. When you purchase silver from Silvertoken, you get a digital receipt in the form of a cryptocurrency linked to the ethereum blockchain. The physical silver is stored in high-security vaults, and a Silvertoken can be redeemed for this physical silver or sold for government-issued money.Silvertoken’s business model allows for continued growth through a small transaction fee whenever a Silvertoken is exchanged. These fees are used to purchase more silver to back existing Silvertokens and vault storage. The more silver that backs each Silvertoken, the more valuable each Silvertoken becomes.
Additionally, Silvertokens stabilize their value through the balance of silver to tokens. Meaning, a Silvertoken is never worth less than 1 ounce of silver. This prevents the type of central bank devaluing associated with government-issued currency. Ultimately, Silvertoken offers a safe and secure alternative to user-backed currency (like bitcoin), and looks poised to stabilize existing forms of money.About offers physical silver, and when purchased, users receive a redeemable receipt for the silver in the form of a digital token. Silvertoken began offering silver in November 2017 at an introductory discounted rate. Silvertokens will become redeemable for silver in January 2018. Next year, Silvertoken will offer more silver, and will implement various technology improvements.

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Strengthening security checks at Europe’s borders

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 ottobre 2017

europolBruxelles. Shared database on entry, exit and refusal of entry of non-EU nationals Registering visa and visa-exempt travellers admitted to stay for up to 90 days Reducing irregular migration of over-stayers and fighting organised crime A common electronic system to speed up checks at the Schengen area’s external borders and to register all non-EU travellers was backed by Parliament on Wednesday. The new Entry/Exit System (EES) will register information on non-EU nationals, such as name, travel document, fingerprints, facial image, date and place when they enter, exit or are refused entry into the Schengen area. It will apply both to travellers requiring a visa and to visa-exempt travellers admitted for a short stay of 90 days, who cross the Schengen area’s external borders. EES would make it easier to check that the authorised duration of a short stay – 90 days in any 180-day period – is respected. The system will replace the manual stamping of passports and speed up border crossings, while making it easier to detect over-stayers and document or identity fraud.
Data stored in the EES can be consulted to prevent, detect or investigate terrorist offences or other serious criminal offences. The new system will register various data and share the information with external border check points to stop illegal entry and track over-stayers. The information stored in the new system will be accessible to border and visa authorities Data will be also available to Europol.

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Cyber-crime: Cefriel, “Fattore umano fondamentale per prevenire attacchi informatici”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 ottobre 2017

computer-security“Oltre a un ingente piano di investimenti in cyber-security è necessario un progetto di formazione per cambiare l’approccio culturale”. Lo afferma Raoul Brenna, responsabile della Practice Security del centro per l’innovazione digitale Cefriel (società partecipata da università, imprese e pubbliche amministrazioni che realizza progetti di innovazione digitale e di sviluppo delle del capitale umano ) e docente del Master in “Information Security Management” commentando l’ultimo rapporto Clusit. “I dati dimostrano che la crescita esponenziale di attacchi informatici non può prescindere dall’elemento umano. Da test di phishing che Cefriel ha effettuato su più di 20 imprese per 40mila persone coinvolte in tutta Europa risulta che oltre il 60% clicca su link ingannevoli presenti nella mail mentre il 40% arriva a cedere le proprie credenziali senza verificare la veridicità del mittente. Sorprende ancora di più il fatto che la grande maggioranza di questi fenomeni accade nei primi 20 minuti dal ricevimento della mail stessa” (Andrea Schieppati Sec Spa)

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Enhancements to McAfee’s Consumer Security Lineup Help Users Protect Their Data, Devices and Privacy

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 settembre 2017

Family On Sofa With Laptop And Digital Tablet Watching TVMcAfee launched its newest consumer security lineup with additional features designed to better address the threats today’s connected users face. Building on the recently announced next-generation anti-malware engine, McAfee’s core security suite – which includes McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security, McAfee Total Protection and McAfee LiveSafe – now delivers even more efficient and effective protection from digital threats as the engine’s cloud-based behavioral analytics and machine learning capabilities expand.
Additionally, McAfee is advancing its capabilities to deliver on the vision of protecting what matters most to its customers in three key areas: connected devices in the home, online safety for kids, and online privacy. In the wake of recent consumer breaches, these new innovations now available within McAfee Secure Home Platform, McAfee Safe Family and McAfee Safe Connect are needed more than ever to help protect consumers. Savvy cybercriminals continue to seek new ways to intercept consumers’ sensitive data for their personal gain. Per the McAfee Labs Threat Report: June 2017, total ransomware has grown 59% in the past four quarters to 9.6 million samples, and total mobile malware has grown 79% in the same time to 16.7 million samples. This rise underscores the need for consumers to use security solutions that keep pace with the latest threats including protection from zero-day malware and ransomware. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Kingston Kicks off Security Drive Free Trial Campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 agosto 2017

Kingston DTVP 3.0Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products, announced a free 21-Day trial program for its bestselling encrypted drive — DataTraveler Vault Privacy (DTVP) 3.0, targeted at selective organisations with bulk purchase needs in Australia. Launched in late 2013, DTVP 3.0 provides 100-percent hardware-based encryption to help enterprises safeguard business data and set security policies for end-users at an affordable price point, which makes it one of the hot-selling product lines among Kingston’s encrypted drives.Aiming to offer security IT professionals, small-to-medium businesses and corporate end users who require electronic data protection, Kingston now offers a great opportunity for said organisations in Australia to experience the reliability of its DTVP 3.0 USB Flash drive for free. The encrypted USB drive provides affordable business-grade security with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption using XTS block cipher mode, and is available with optional, easy to deploy and easy to use (no installation required) anti-virus protection from ESET/ClevX that protects the drive’s contents from viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, rootkits, adware and other Internet-borne threats.With bestselling encrypted drive DTVP 3.0, Kingston has a broad range of solutions designed for the highest levels of government use to enterprises and organisations of all sizes:
IronKey™ S1000 – the ultimate security encrypted USB Flash drive – is designed specifically to meet the strictest standards and most demanding data-protection needs of sensitive military, government and enterprise information. Capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
IronKey D300 with optional Management – includes an advanced level of security that builds on the features that made IronKey well-respected in safeguarding sensitive information. Capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
Since early 2016, Kingston has been the proud owner of the entire USB technology and assets of IronKey, a long-time leading brand in encrypted USB Flash drive solutions. Kingston continues the IronKey brand and tradition of delivering FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified solutions to customers who need the highest level of encryption and security. With the IronKey brand, Kingston demonstrates its commitment as the global leader in trusted encrypted solutions for mobile data.DTVP 3.0, as well as Kingston’s full line of encrypted DataTraveler and IronKey USBs, is backed by a five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. Now is the best time to re-examine company security policies with professional help from Kingston. The free trial program is a limited time offer and only while supplies last. Terms and conditions apply. Visit for more information.Kingston Technology is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston designs, manufactures and distributes memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and Flash memory products for computers, digital cameras and mobile devices. Through its global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Kingston has manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, China and sales representatives in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, India, Taiwan, China, and Latin America. For more information, please visit and the Kingston logo are registered trademarks of Kingston Technology Corporation. All rights reserved. All other marks may be the property of their respective titleholders.

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McAfee Announces Advanced Security for Amazon Web Services

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 agosto 2017

amazonMcAfee today announced a limited time free trial to “test drive” McAfee® Virtual Network Security Platform (McAfee® vNSP) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for a hands-on experience running advanced security in the public cloud. Unlike other solutions, McAfee vNSP protects at the workload level, eliminating the single point of failure created by other solutions for a whole network segment. As part of the test drive, participants can simulate real-world attack use cases, configure policy and review reporting dashboards. Attendees at the AWS Summit New York can view a demo of the McAfee vNSP test drive at booth 437 in the Javits Center.“AWS covers a lot of ground, such as security of the cloud, but users are still responsible for their security in the cloud—including securing their operating systems, applications and data traffic,” said Shishir Singh, vice president and general manager of the Network Security business unit, McAfee. “While firewall configurations are important, security teams and cloud architects need to address exploit prevention, malware protection and gain visibility into the lateral movement of threats. With McAfee Network Security Platform, users can move beyond the basics to more sophisticated protection of their cloud network.”Advanced malware can reach an organization’s AWS workloads through network traffic, along with cross site scripting, botnets and SQL injection attacks. Deploying infrastructure in the cloud can also open the window for new vulnerabilities that fall under the customer’s responsibility—if one virtual server in AWS is compromised, the malware can potentially roam to other vulnerable servers in the same customer environment. This lateral path is known as “east-west” network traffic, and often represents the majority of communication within virtualized environments.McAfee vNSP has been designed from the ground up to work in highly distributed AWS infrastructure to ease network congestion. Instead of taking a traditional approach, monitoring an entire network segment to effect protection for a single workload, McAfee vNSP protects at the individual workload level. This approach is significantly different from other market solutions, guaranteeing visibility of inter-segment traffic, eliminating a single point of failure for an entire network segment and efficiently using security resources only where directed. The McAfee vNSP solution built specifically for AWS can also be managed from the same console as on-premises McAfee NSP.Development teams can easily integrate security into their application deployment process by using automation frameworks such as Cloud Formation templates, Chef and Puppet to deploy and manage McAfee vNSP in AWS. Network security controls are comprehensive and include inline exploit prevention, with web application protection, zero-day malware detection, and workload isolation through segmentation and east-west attack detection.McAfee vNSP for AWS builds upon McAfee’s commitment to enable advanced security for AWS customers.

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Joint Statement on the occasion of World Oceans Day

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 giugno 2017

federica_mogheriniBrussels. On the occasion of the World Oceans Day (8 June), Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Karmenu Vella; Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, made the following statement:Today we celebrate World Oceans Day. This year’s theme, “Our oceans, our future” underscores the importance of oceans for ours and the generations to come. Oceans cover two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the foundations of life. Oceans store more than nine-tenths of the heat trapped on Earth by greenhouse-gas emissions and provide 3 billion people with almost a fifth of their protein. The global ocean economy is estimated at €1.3 trillion and offers great potential for boosting growth, jobs and innovation. At the same time, oceans are at the center of pressing global challenges such as climate change, marine litter, poverty, food security. The sustainable use of the oceans is threatened by illegal fishing, armed robbery and piracy against ships, while cooperation on maritime security is essential to guarantee safe and free navigation for international trade. The world is coming to realize that our oceans need better care. Only strong international cooperation can deliver this. The EU has taken a lead in creating a stronger system of ocean governance including better managing the oceans, reducing human pressure and investing in science. In this way, it can be ensured that marine resources are conserved and used sustainably, based on healthy eco-systems and providing for a thriving ocean economy. The EU and its Member States also act jointly to preserve peace and security at sea. The EU reiterates its commitment to implementing the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, for the benefit of EU citizens and the whole world. “Leaving no-one behind” also means that oceans, seas and marine resources are conserved and sustainably used as enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal 14. The EU therefore welcomes the UN Ocean Conference this week, where together with its Member States, the EU submitted significant commitments. The outcomes of the Conference, where the Commission will be represented by Commissioner Vella, will provide an important contribution to the High Level Political Forum in July this year.Given the significance of oceans for our future, the EU will host the fourth “Our Ocean” Conference in Malta on 5-6 October this year. It will engage with the international community, including the private sector, to take further commitments for our oceans, in areas such as marine pollution, marine protected areas, climate change and sustainable fisheries, maritime security and the blue economy and blue growth. For taking care of our future, we need to take care of our oceans: it’s a global challenge that has to be addressed globally. The European Union is doing and will keep doing its part.

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EU Security Policy Assessment: debate with Commissioner King and national MPs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 maggio 2017

european parliamentMembers of national parliaments, civil society and MEP’s will assess the current EU security policy with Commissioner Julian King to ensure that it is fit for purpose in a meeting organized by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning.The aim of the meeting is to receive input from national parliaments and civil society organizations on current EU security policies. The findings will feed into the comprehensive assessment of EU security policy currently carried out by the Commission, to be delivered by June 2017.
The assessment covers the three priorities of the European Agenda on Security adopted in 2015: tackling terrorism and preventing radicalization, disrupting organized crime and fighting cybercrime and looks at the key measures and instruments within these areas.
Commissioner King will present the preliminary findings followed by contributions from Members of National Parliaments: Maarten Groothuizen, The Netherlands, Koen Metsu, Belgium and Stefano Danbruoso, Italy and from civil society organisations: International Commission of Jurists, EuroCop and Amnesty International.The presentations will be followed by a debate with participation of members from national parliaments and the European Parliament.

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“At the Root of Exodus: Food security, conflict and international migration”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 maggio 2017

foodIl rapporto “At the Root of Exodus: Food security, conflict and international migration” esplora il ruolo che la sicurezza alimentare e altri fattori rivestono nello spingere le persone a migrare e attraversare le frontiere. Si tratta della prima volta che un’analisi di tale portata viene pubblicata. Lo studio, che prende le mosse da ricerche di tipo quantitativo e qualitativo, presenta spesso racconti drammatici di persone costrette a fare ricorso a misure estreme, quando rimangono con nulla.Tra le tante testimonianze, quella di una donna fuggita dalla Siria con la sua famiglia per raggiungere la Giordania, che racconta: “Per sopravvivere abbiamo dovuto mangiare delle foglie. I miei figli rimanevano svegli tutta la notte a piangere per la fame.”Un uomo di Deir Ezzor ha parlato delle sofferenze a cui ha dovuto assistere in Siria: “Hanno fatto soffrire le persone di fame, hanno rubato ciò che producevamo, hanno chiuso le scuole e hanno impedito alla popolazione di lavorare.”Il rapporto sottolinea come spesso le persone sfollate non vogliano lasciare le loro case e cerchino di rimanere il più vicino possibile al proprio paese d’origine. Quasi otto famiglie rifugiate siriane su dieci, tra quelle intervistate, sono state sfollate almeno una volta, il 65 per cento due o più volte. Quasi tutti i siriani coinvolti nello studio hanno manifestato un forte desiderio di tornare in Siria nel caso in cui la situazione si stabilizzasse e la sicurezza fosse garantita.
La pubblicazione del rapporto avviene in un momento in cui le diverse e prolungate crisi e un periodo di cambiamenti politici stanno mettendo a dura prova il livello dell’assistenza internazionale umanitaria e alimentare fornita ai rifugiati e alle persone che sono state sfollate con la forza.
Nel 2016, il WFP ha fornito sostegno a 6,9 milioni di rifugiati in 32 paesi attraverso assistenza alimentare e trasferimenti di denaro. Il WFP sta lavorando per prevenire e curare la malnutrizione fornendo cibo nutritivo specializzato ai bambini rifugiati. Nelle aree in cui il cibo è disponibile e i mercati funzionano, il WFP opera sempre più assicurando ai rifugiati trasferimenti di denaro, dando alle persone la possibilità di acquistare il cibo di cui hanno bisogno e stimolando contemporaneamente l’economia locale. Nella sua più grande operazione per i rifugiati, il WFP sostiene quasi 2,2 milioni di rifugiati siriani tra i più vulnerabili in Libano, Giordania, Turchia, Egitto e Iraq.

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‘The Future of our Seas’ begins

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 maggio 2017

bruxelles-1Bruxelles. Celebrating 10 years of the European Maritime Day we have put together an attractive programme focusing on the sustainability transformation, featuring leaders from the world of politics, business and NGOs from the UK, other European countries and Canada. There are still places left. Don’t miss out this great networking & learning opportunity. Register now!This year we will host three inspirational speakers (Barbara Jackson, Alan Atkisson and Jon Copley), who will share their unique insights and experiences. We also have nearly 30 stakeholder workshops on offer, which cover a broad range of topic in four thematic areas: Innovation & Growth, People & Skills, Sustainability & Governance and Safety and Security.

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Security: committee debate with French and German ministers

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 marzo 2017

Network-SecurityGerman federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière and French Minister of the Interior Matthias Fekl will debate EU measures to improve the security situation in Europe and future challenges in the field with the Civil Liberties Committee. Effective protection of the EUs external borders, ensuring complete interoperability of all EU information systems, enhanced police cooperation among member states, the use of encryption and the need to revise the EU 2013 Cybersecurity strategy and prevent radicalisation are expected to be among the issues debated with the two ministers.

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A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 marzo 2017

European UnionRoma Venerdì 24 Marzo 2017, ore 14:30 Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Aula Magna Via G. Chiabrera, 199. Convention: “A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy” Following a Manifesto of more than 300 European intellectuals and academics, the Convention aims to frankly and openly discuss the perspectives to concretely and urgently relaunch the European integration process, trying also to share a common strategy with institutional actors, in view of binding commitments that should be taken during the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaties, on March 25.

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EU security policy debate one year after Brussels terrorist attacks, 15.00 today

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 marzo 2017

terroristiMEPs will debate progress on the European security agenda since the 22 March 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels with EU Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos and Sir Julian King, and Maltese Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg for the Council Presidency, on Wednesday at 15.00. Enhancing information sharing, combatting terrorism financing, preventing radicalisation and strengthening controls at the EU’s external borders are key priorities.In the past year, the EU has approved, inter alia, a directive on the use of Passenger Name Records (PNR – which should help to trace terrorists), updated rules on counter-terrorism measures and new requirements to check everyone crossing EU external borders as well as new rules on Europol to allow the agency to respond faster to terrorist threats. Further initiatives in the pipeline include reviewing the Schengen Information System and the European Criminal Records Information System and establishing a new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to pre-screen travelers entering the EU visa free.In September 2016, Sir Julian King was appointed as Commissioner for Security Union, a newly created portfolio.

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The election result was not decided in the Kremlin

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 dicembre 2016

putin-trumpWHY is it unsettling to see Republicans and Democrats squabbling afresh about Russian meddling in last month’s presidential election? After all, the allegation being debated has been known for months: namely, that in 2015 and again in 2016 at least two groups of hackers with known links to Russian intelligence broke into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, as that party’s national headquarters is known, and into the private e-mail system of such figures as John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, then released a slew of embarrassing e-mails to WikiLeaks. Before the election a joint public statement by the director of national intelligence and secretary of homeland security said that intelligence agencies were “confident” that the Russian government directed the hacking.All that has changed is that—thanks to reporting by the Washington Post and New York Times—we now know that the CIA briefed senior members of Congress before and after the election that, in the consensus view of intelligence analysts, the Russians’ motive was not just to undermine confidence in American democracy, but to seek Mrs Clinton’s defeat. Outside Washington, Americans (who mostly dislike President Vladimir Putin according to polls) seem to have shrugged off the news. President-elect Trump was cheered by spectators when he turned up in Baltimore to watch the Army-Navy football game, an annual pageant of patriotism.
And that is what is, or should be, so unsettling. Russian interference in elections across the Western world is a nasty virus (see article). Normally, America is protected by powerful, bipartisan immune responses against such a menace. It also boasts some of the world’s most sophisticated intelligence and cyber-defences, and when spooks tell the Republicans and Democrats who lead Congress and sit on the House and Senate intelligence committees of hostile acts by a foreign power, love of country generates a unified immune response. It is not kicking in this time.
The problem is not that all Republicans dismiss the claim that Russia tried to meddle in the election. Committee chairmen have promised urgent hearings. “We cannot allow foreign governments to interfere in our democracy,” said Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican and chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. Senator John McCain of Arizona, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters: “Everybody that I know, unclassified, has said that the Russians interfered in this election. They hacked into my campaign in 2008; is it a surprise to anyone?” The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes of California, said that he believes Russia is guilty, but then turned his fire on the Obama administration, blaming the president’s desire for a reset of relations with Moscow.Yet Republicans are not conceding a more incendiary idea: that, in what seems to be the CIA’s view, the authoritarian, anti-American government of Russia tried to help Mr Trump. Mr Nunes, a prominent Trump supporter, calls that “innuendo” based on “lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.” Others are taking the view that it is all very complicated and murky. “All this ‘news’ of Russian hacking: it has been going on for years,” Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a member of Republican leadership, tweeted. “Serious, but hardly news.” According to unnamed officials quoted in the Post, some Republican members agreed that Russia was a hostile actor, but then argued that logically this meant the government in Moscow would be more likely to want Mr Trump defeated.
AdvertisementDemocratic leaders, who are in the minority in both chambers of Congress, have responded by trying to embarrass Republicans into taking a bipartisan approach. The incoming Senate minority leader, Senator Charles Schumer of New York, called it “stunning and not surprising” that the CIA should charge Russia with trying to elect Mr Trump. “That any country could be meddling in our elections should shake both political parties to their core,” Mr Schumer said in a statement. Others have thanked Mr Obama for ordering an investigation into what is known about Russian meddling, and expressed hopes that as much as possible of the probe would be made public before the next president’s inauguration on January 20th.The reasons for this partisan stand-off are not mysterious. Mr Trump has declared that the allegations of Russian hacking are simply unproven, and launched an attack on the credibility of the intelligence agencies that he will soon command without obvious precedent. Interviewed recently by Time magazine, Mr Trump said of the hacking: “It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.” Asked about his desire for a reset of relations with Mr Putin—precisely the strategy held against Mr Obama by Republicans—Mr Trump is unapologetic. “Why not get along with Russia?” he asked Time. The Russians are “effective” and “can help us fight ISIS.” Still more remarkably, a statement from the Trump transition office mocked American intelligence agencies. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” it read. John Bolton, auditioning for a job in the next administration, questioned whether the hacking was carried out by America’s government to smear Mr Trump.
Many elements of Mr Trump’s policies make thoughtful Republicans queasy to the point of misery, from his fondness for Mr Putin to his willingness to pick up the telephone and bully company bosses, as if he were a Gaullist French president. But many of those Mr Trump brought into the party are Trump voters more than they are Republicans, and they frighten and cow members of the party that he now heads.
Some grass-roots conservatives also see much to like in a Russian-style approach to fighting Islamic terrorism, if that means an unsqueamish willingness to back secular autocrats in the Middle East, and attack targets in Syria with indifference to who is underneath. Mr Trump is clearly tempted to do a deal with Mr Putin in which America applauds as Russian warplanes carry out a campaign promise to “bomb the shit out of ISIS”. The bet in Trump Tower is that the other side of any such deal, perhaps involving the lifting of sanctions on Russia, or a promise not to back any further enlargement of NATO, will be greeted by the American public with a yawn.There is of course no evidence of collusion between Mr Trump and Russia. Mr Putin’s fierce dislike of Mrs Clinton, who as secretary of state questioned the validity of the 2011 elections in Russia, is more than enough motive to want her defeated. It seems unlikely that last-minute leaks of Democratic e-mails changed the result. Most straightforwardly, a close election is over and Democratic leaders are not questioning the result. Does the squabble matter then? Yes. When the next president of America takes his oath of office in January, officers of Russian intelligence will think they pulled off a historic win. That this fact has divided rather than uniting the two parties that run the world’s great democracy should unsettle anyone. (font: The Economist) (photo: putin-trump)

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Strengthening European collective security/Renforcer la sécurité collective européenne

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

securityThis synthesis by Thomas Pellerin-Carlin presents the main analysis and recommendations formulated on the occasion of the second round table of our 2016 European Steering Committee, organized as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Jacques Delors Institute on 6-7 October 2016 in Paris. This round table focused on the issues of collective European security, was introduced by Élisabeth Guigou, Chair of the French National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Étienne Davignon, President of Friends of Europe and Belgian minister of state, and was chaired by Nicole Gnesotto, titular professor of the European Union Chair at the CNAM and vice-president of the Jacques Delors Institute.
Cette synthèse de Thomas Pellerin-Carlin présente les principales analyses et recommandations formulées à l’occasion de la deuxiéme table ronde de notre Comité européen d’orientation 2016, organisé dans le cadre de la célébration de l’Institut Jacques Delors les 6-7 octobre 2016 à Paris. Cette table ronde s’est concentrée sur les enjeux de sécurité collective européenne, a été introduite par Élisabeth Guigou, Présidente de la commission des affaires étrangères à l’Assemblée nationale française et Étienne Davignon, Président de Friends of Europe et Ministre d’État belge, et animée par Nicole Gnesotto, professeur titulaire de la Chaire sur l’Union européenne au CNAM et vice-présidente de l’Institut Jacques Delors.(photo: security)

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A united front for security, a united front for human rights

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 novembre 2016

viennaVienna. High-level EU representatives gather on 14 November in Vienna at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) to find ways of furthering a more effective security union that integrates a fundamental rights approach from the outset.
“Ensuring the safety of everyone in the EU is of critical importance. Security measures can only work if they are respectful of human rights and work with and not against all the communities that go to make up European society,” said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “We very much welcome this opportunity to discuss ways of increasing our capacity to combat terrorism and radicalisation, while remaining true to the rule of law and the values of openness and respect on which the EU is based.”
“I am convinced that the only effective way to tackle terrorism is firmly rooted in the respect of fundamental and human rights. You need to have the widest and fullest possible support across the community for your efforts if they are going to work,” said EU Security Union Commissioner Sir Julian King. “The best way of securing that support is to show that your efforts are firmly rooted in the respect of people’s rights. That’s what we’re trying to defend.”
The discussions are taking place during the annual meeting of the network of EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies, which is currently chaired by the Fundamental Rights Agency.
Agency heads are meeting Commissioner King, European Commission Director Generals and representatives from the European Parliament, EU Council and current and future EU Presidencies to discuss the implementation of EU security and migration policies. Participants will also give practical examples of agency cooperation and how their collaboration can further support EU institutions and Member States.

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Parliament endorses Sir Julian King as Commissioner for Security Union

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 settembre 2016

european parliamentThe European Parliament endorsed the candidature of Sir Julian King as Commissioner for the Security Union. He was nominated by the UK government after Lord Jonathan Hill resigned in the wake of the Brexit vote in June.
Parliament backed the appointment of Sir Julian King as Commissioner for the Security Union by 394 votes to 161, with 83 abstentions, in a secret ballot.The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee held a hearing with the candidate commissioner on Monday evening. You can watch the full recording of the hearing here. Parliament must be consulted before a replacement commissioner can take office (TFEU article 246). Now that MEPs have given their green light, member states can proceed with the final appointment.
As Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King will support the implementation of the European Agenda on Security and contribute to delivering an operational and effective Security Union. He will work under the guidance of Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermanns, complementing the work of Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who is in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.

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Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will quiz UK candidate Commissioner for the Security Union Sir Julian King

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 settembre 2016

european parliamentStrasbourg. Based on the committee’s recommendation, Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) will then decide whether to close the hearing procedure after which the full House can take a vote on Thursday. The hearing is to last three hours, starting at 19.00. It will be open to the press and web-streamed. The Commissioner-designate may make an opening statement of no longer than 15 minutes. There will be two rounds of questions and a five-minute closing statement by the candidate if he so wishes.On Tuesday, Civil Liberties Committee Coordinators will meet (in camera) to assess the outcome of the hearing, after which the evaluation will be put to the Conference of Presidents (CoP – EP President and political group leaders). If the CoP deems the hearing procedure closed, the full House will vote on the candidature by secret ballot on Thursday at noon.As laid down in the Rules of Procedure (Annex XVI), Sir Julian King replied to a written questionnaire prior to the hearing. MEPs are particularly interested in his priorities in the areas of security, coordination with migration, home affairs and citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, and the implementation of current legislative instruments, in particular as regards information sharing among law enforcement authorities.

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Parliament to assess UK candidate for Security Union Commissioner

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 settembre 2016

Strasbourg Monday 5 from 19.00 to 22.00. Parliament will evaluate Commissioner-designate Sir Julian King for the portfolio of the Security Union during its plenary session in Strasbourg. The Civil Liberties Committee will first hold a public hearing with the candidate on Monday 12 September in the evening. The full House will take a vote on Thursday. Julian King’s candidacy was put forward by the UK Government following the resignation of Lord Jonathan Hill, who held the Financial Services portfolio. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced last month that he intended to allocate the newly created Security Union portfolio to the new UK commissioner. The Civil Liberties Committee will hear the Commissioner-designate on Monday in Strasbourg, from 19.00 to 22.00. The Committee will convey its evaluation to the Conference of Presidents and the full House will vote on Thursday.As Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King will support the implementation of the European Agenda of Security and contribute to delivering an operational and effective Security Union. He will work under the guidance of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, complementing the work of Commissioner Avramopoulos, who is in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.
As laid down in the Rules of Procedure (Annex XVI), the Civil Liberties Committee sent a set of written questions to the candidate. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs are particularly interested in his priorities in the area of Security, the coordination with Commissioner Avramopoulos, and the implementation of current legislative instruments, in particular as regards information sharing between law enforcement authorities. The Commissioner-designate is expected to answer the questions in writing by 8 September.
The hearing before the Civil Liberties Committee will last three hours. Julian King may make an opening statement of no longer than 15 minutes. There will be two rounds of questions and the candidate will have the opportunity to make a five-minute closing statement. Civil Liberties coordinators will meet (in camera) on Tuesday 13 September to assess the outcome of the hearing. The Committee Chair will inform the President as well as the Conference of Committee Chairs. The assessment will then be examined by the Conference of Presidents. The full House will vote on Thursday.

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