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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n°14

Posts Tagged ‘security’

Leaders, Parliamentarians Praise UAE’s Commitment to International Security, Stability

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 gennaio 2019

Organized by the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) in cooperation with the EU-UAE Parliamentary Friendship Group at the European Parliament and the Emirates Red Crescent, the event took place at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels. Speaking at the seminar, Her Excellency Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of FNC, said: “Helping those in need is deeply rooted in our culture, and we feel responsible for underprivileged and vulnerable groups. Instability provides fertile ground for terrorism and extremism, therefore our commitment to development involves a commitment to stability – a priority that we share with the EU.” Highlighting the efforts of the Emirates Red Crescent in saving lives and supporting stability in crises and disaster zones around the world, she added: “The UAE houses some 45 humanitarian organizations that are active internationally. Between April 2015 and December 2018, the country disbursed US$4.91 billion in aid to Yemen, and has provided a safe haven for more than 127,000 Syrians since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis.” His Excellency Antonio López-Istúriz White, Member of the European Parliament, stressed the importance of the EU and the UAE unifying efforts in the economic and investment domains as well as in the fight against terrorism, humanitarian aid and risk control. He commended the UAE for its unwavering dedication to achieving security and stability in the world, and praised the role of the Emirates Red Crescent and other humanitarian organizations in the country.His Excellency Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: “Increasing global challenges require sustained humanitarian efforts. We thank the UAE, a global model of humanitarian commitment, for demonstrating steadfast solidarity, significantly contributing to crisis resolution, playing an influential role in development cooperation and actively supporting international aid organizations.” His Excellency Denis Haveaux, Director of the Red Cross EU Office, confirmed that the Red Cross and the Red Crescent are partners in providing humanitarian aid, and stressed the importance of safe access to services, particularly for victims of forgotten crises.

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SC Media Names ExtraHop a 2018 Security Industry Innovator

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 gennaio 2019

ExtraHop, the leader in analytics for security and performance management, announced that ExtraHop® Reveal(x)™ has been recognized as an Industry Innovator in the Next Gen Security Monitoring category as part of the 2019 SC Media Reboot special coverage. Innovators are recognized for showcasing outstanding leadership and providing superior security products to the cybersecurity industry.“Combatting today’s top security threats requires a combination of innovation, collaboration and education,” added Illena Armstrong of SC Media. “ExtraHop is a shining example of a company that’s firmly committed to these key tenets as it helps protect organizations big and small from wave after wave of attack.””We’re honored to be recognized by SC Media as an industry innovator in next generation security analytics,” said Bryce Hein, SVP of Marketing at ExtraHop. “Our vision for Reveal(x) was to close the key gap in security programs by delivering network traffic analysis (NTA) at enterprise scale. This award validates that vision and our position as the standard-bearer for security monitoring in the enterprise.”As part of their annual Reboot special coverage, the SC Lab’s team selects new and innovative products and vendors that stand out for their strength, creativity, and strategic placement in the market. Reboot looks back at the most compelling insights in the last year, while simultaneously looking ahead.ExtraHop Reveal(x) provides complete enterprise visibility, real-time detection of critical threats, and guided investigation to accelerate incident resolution and protect sensitive assets. With Reveal(x) network traffic analysis, security analysts can become threat experts, helping enterprises scale security resources to protect the business.

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Singtel’s Trustwave Named Managed Security Service Provider of the Year

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 dicembre 2018

Trustwave, a Singtel company, today announced that Frost & Sullivan presented it with the 2018 Singapore and Southeast Asia Managed Security Service Provider of the Year awards at the annual Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards held in Singapore. The achievement recognises companies that have pushed the boundaries of excellence to rise above the competition by demonstrating superior performance and innovation in their respective markets.“We are honoured to receive this recognition,” said Arthur Wong, Chief Executive Officer, at Trustwave. “These accolades reflect significant advancements we continue to make in the Asia Pacific region and globally to help organisations address an increase in sophisticated cyber threats while contending with shortages of adept security practitioners. Our near real-time threat intelligence derived from our global network of Advanced Security Operation Centres powers our threat detection and response, remote forensic investigations and other managed security services and is a key differentiator we deliver to the marketplace. We look forward to continuously helping organisations refine how they protect data assets and strengthen overall security postures.” Divya Prasad, Senior Industry Analyst, Cyber Security, ICT Practice of Frost & Sullivan noted that over the years Singtel has developed a strong domain expertise and R&D capabilities, enabling it to offer various innovative managed security service offerings. This has generated high trust among customers in the APAC region and across the globe. “In 2017, Singtel’s Trustwave continued to demonstrate leadership position during the year despite stiff competition in the market. Trustwave continued to hold a strong position in the market through its vast and comprehensive MSS portfolio with offerings ranging from perimeter, endpoint to cloud security. The company also offers advanced services such as DDoS protection, advanced threat prevention, threat hunting, deception and threat intelligence. Through these services, the customers have been able to benefit from a strong security architecture and can focus on their main business operations,” she stated.
Trustwave Managed Security Services help organisations proactively address advanced information security threats while reducing the pressures created by resource constraints, skills shortages, data regulations and the rapid adoption and optimization of new technologies. Backed by Trustwave SpiderLabs®, a world-class team of elite ethical hackers, incident responders, and threat hunters; the services deliver the security organisations need without requiring them to install and manage technologies themselves, to retain and train staff to configure and run those systems, or to worry about security programmes becoming antiquated.

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A National and Multisectoral Coalition is Established in Colombia to Improve the Water Security of the Watersheds

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 novembre 2018

The Water Coalition for Colombia, which includes more than 300 partners from various sectors of government, industry, the financial sector, civil society, and non-governmental organizations, co-led by the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, Ricardo Lozano, and the President of Andesco (National Association of Public Services and Communications Companies), Camilo Sánchez, had its first meeting at the Casa Medina hotel, in Bogotá, Colombia, yesterday. The event was promoted by the Latin American Water Funds Partnership and the Latin America Conservation Council (LACC) and coordinated by the environmental organization The Nature Conservancy (TNC).Latin America is abundant in water (1/3 of the world’s fresh water), but it is unevenly distributed and 36% of Latin America is under water stress. Most of the areas that provide drinking water to cities are also important areas for biodiversity. Unfortunately, these areas are threatened by deforestation or habitat degradation due to the expansion of agricultural and pastoral practices, and infrastructure development. Climate change aggravates the risks of water scarcity, encourages water of poor quality and causes floods; at the same time, deforestation intensifies climate change creating a vicious cycle. In addition, in the last 15 years, the urban population in the region has grown by 21%. Given that almost 80% of the population lives in urban areas, Latin America is the most urbanized region of the world (UN-Habitat). This puts a lot of pressure on water resources for human consumption, food and energy production, among other uses.With the objective of promoting water security and the development of Latin American cities, TNC with the support of its strategic partners such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), FEMSA Foundation and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has promoted 24 Water Funds in Latin America over 18 years, a model based on science, that seeks to reconcile both interests. The Water Funds channel public and private resources towards scientifically-proven and successful strategic conservation projects, in addition to promoting public policies that help improve water governance. The protection of strategic ecosystems improves water security for nature, people and the economy. “Ensuring a clean and sustainable water supply for our growing cities is the most critical challenge in the region. The business case is clear: investing in nature to strengthen water security, especially in our larger metropolitan areas”, says Juan Pablo del Valle, Co-Chair of the LACC.Based on this successful experience, TNC, the Latin American Water Funds Partnership and the Latin America Conservation Council announced the creation of the Water Coalition for Colombia, a national accelerator of Water Funds, which seeks to strengthen the governance of the water resource, strengthen the existing Water Funds and promote the implementation of other Water Funds in the country. There are currently seven Water Funds in Colombia, and a total of fifteen Water Funds are planned by 2022 in the following cities: Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cravo Sur, Cúcuta, Ibagué, Neiva, Manizales, Medellín, Pasto, Santa Marta & Ciénega, Valledupar, Valle del Cauca and Villavicencio, which together represent 48% of the national GDP and 43% of the country’s population.

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Kuwait Invites Nominations for 2019 US1Million Al-Sumait Prize For Food Security In Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 novembre 2018

Kuwait City. Kuwait invited nominations for Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security in Africa, the fith in the series of its annual prizes to be awarded for significant advances in the areas of food security, health and education in Africa. Open to individuals or institutions, the closing date for entries for the one million dollar Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security is April 30, 2019.The prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement within one or more of the following areas of Food Security on the African Continent: Developing new varieties of seeds,crops or livestock which can improve the food security of the poor population in Africa by increasing the calorific and nutritional value of food produced and consumed domestically.Improving farmers’ access to agricultural inputs, techniques, technologies and markets so as to increase the availability of staple products which form a core part of the diet of the poorest people in Africa.Improving farmers’ resilience to climate change and extreme weatherconditions. Improving marketing and adopting modern business strategies.Addressing issues relevant to gender equity in the field of the Prize.
Formally launched at a meeting of its Board of Trustees on December 7, 2015, in Kuwait, the Al-Sumait prize was first announced by the Amir of the State of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in November 2013 at the 3rd Arab African Summit.The avowed aim of Al-Sumait Prize, which celebrates the life of the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who devoted his life towards helping the poor in Africa, is to contribute significantly to solve major development challenges facing African nations.The Al-Sumait Board of Trustees comprises prominent international personalities in the field of development in Africa and world-renowned philanthropists. Chaired by H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, it includes amongst its membership Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Makhtar Diop Vice World Bank Vice President for Africa and Dr. Kwaku Aning, Former Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, International Atomic Energy Agency Application forms for the 2016 Al-Sumait Food Security Prize must be received no later than May 31, 2016.The application forms are available at http://www.alsumaitprize.org/nominations/ Applications will close on 30th April 2019.

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Security Intelligence, Opportunity and Innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 ottobre 2018

The “Secured IoT: Worldwide IoT Security Intelligence, Opportunity, & Innovation 2018 to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This research forecasts that the IoT security market will grow to become a US$61.39 billion industry in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 32% during 2018-2025. The IoT is exceedingly penetrating from industries to consumer and civil applications such as connected homes, connected cars, health monitoring and smart utility meters. It’s true that IoT devices offer exciting opportunities to improve customer satisfaction and engagement. However, they also introduce new security challenges. Which is not just about tapping billions of devices, but also different operating systems, networks, and protocols. Already we are seeing hacks on IoT applications. In 2012, a malware infected high-risk pregnancy monitors at a Boston hospital in the US. The malware slowed down fetal monitors used on women with high-risk pregnancies being treated in intensive-care wards. In 2014, the European crime agency Europol warned that the IoT creates new types of risks and threats not only in consumer applications but also in critical infrastructure control systems. In 2016, a group of Chinese researchers found vulnerabilities in the Taiwanese-made Edimax smart plug, a device routinely used for home automation. The team was able to gain access to user credentials by exploiting cryptographic flaws. In 2017, Xiongmai Technology, an IoT camera manufacturer from Hangzhou admitted its cameras had been exploited by the Mirai malware to form part of a botnet and launch a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack targeting websites including Twitter, PayPal, and Spotify. The assault was one of the worst in US history. These are not isolated cases; numerous other security flaws are being reported frequently from all over the world. The research tried to find out why are IoT solutions not secure and is it really that difficult to achieve. Our study revealed that the competition in the IoT space is so ruthless that vendors are rushing products to the market, with security often added as an afterthought (if at all) rather than being built-in from the start. For IoT service providers, speed of delivery and low cost are more important than robust security and thorough testing. It doesn’t help that, currently, IoT devices lack a common set of compliance requirements. However, the scenario is going to change soon as next potential IoT adopter (Industry, consumer or government) refuses to embrace IoT solution lacking strong inbuilt security features. The growing penetration of IoT devices will also force governments to set standard for IoT devices and strict guidelines for security and privacy of data and parties who will be accountable in cases if security is compromised. This has opened the door to innovation and added a new dimension to the global competition among IoT security solutions providers. The role of specialised IoT security solutions will eventually grow as the market matures.

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Layer 3 Communications Validates IronClad Encryption’s Cyber Security Technology

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 ottobre 2018

IronClad Encryption Corporation (OTCQB: IRNC), a next-generation cyber defense company that secures digital assets and communications across a wide range of industries and technologies today announced that Layer 3 Communications, an engineering firm providing complex network services and products, has tested and verified IronClad’s cyber technology utilized by ICEmicro. In addition, Layer 3 Communications is producing a white paper, expected to be published in 30 days, that explains the validation procedures, parameters and results, as well as its significance.
Layer 3 Communications provides a broad range of consulting and management services for companies building and utilizing data, voice and video networks. IronClad’s technology enhances the value of these secure managed networks. Layer 3 Communications’ services include network audits, network analyses, network design, network security, project management, staging and implementation, installation and support planning. Layer 3 also integrates local and wide area networks, so its customers can take advantage of internet access, virtual private networks, remote access, network security and firewalls.
IronClad Encryption’s ICEmicro Docker Container secures communications between and among software, devices, network equipment and networks. It can also secure data communications among disparate data centers, clouds, and hybrid environments. ICEmicro is a ready-to-use container technology that natively secures data communications among any number of Docker containers. Docker containers have become increasingly popular among software developers who want their applications or platforms to run, without modification, in any Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Managed service providers (MSPs) can use the technology to fortify existing services or as the basis for new services.

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Global Network and Web Security Market Size, Trends and Forecasts 2018-2022

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 ottobre 2018

The report also assesses the key opportunities in the market and outlines the factors that are and will be driving the growth of the industry. Growth of the overall global network and web security market has also been forecasted for the period 2018-2022, taking into consideration the previous growth patterns, the growth drivers and the current and future trends.
The global network and web security market is highly fragmented with many network and web security vendors operating worldwide. Some network and web security vendors operating on a local level while other security vendors operating on a regional and global level. However, the competition in the global network and web security market is dominated by few network and web security vendors supplying security devices worldwide. Key players of the network and web security market are also profiled with their financial information and respective business strategies.With the rapid evolution of internet, privacy is considered to be the crucial element for each and every individual. As more and more people using internet, the vulnerability to cyber attacks has also increased manifolds. As a result, network and web security exhibited a tremendous evolution over the past few years to increase the security of sensitive data and private information.The global network and web security market has increased previously and projections are made that the market would rise in the next four years i.e. 2018-2022 tremendously. The network and web security market is expected to increase due to rising employment rate, escalating internet users and mobile phone users, increasing adoption of IoT (Internet of Things), growing retail e-commerce sales, etc. Yet the market faces some challenges such as complexity of network infrastructure, absence of efficient security solutions, lack of integration within network and web security ecosystem, etc.

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Professional Services Co. Issues Data Security Incident Notice

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 settembre 2018

Toyota Industries North America, Inc. (“TINA”), which is headquartered in Columbus, Ind. and provides administrative services to its affiliated North American entities, is notifying individuals of a data security incident. The incident could potentially impact the security of certain personal and protected health information regarding approximately 19,000 current/former employees and health plan participants of the TINA family of companies. While the company is not aware of any actual harm to individuals as a result of the situation, it is providing potentially affected individuals with information via First Class mail regarding steps taken, and what can be done to protect against potential harm.
On August 30, 2018, the company discovered that on or around August 15, 2018, an unauthorized third party may have accessed the company email system and potentially gained entry to a small number of email accounts. After discovering the incident, the company took prompt action to contain the threat, including engaging information security experts to secure the email system and help ensure that the unauthorized third party no longer had access. The company also obtained legal assistance and began a review of the incident, which included contacting technology experts to determine what, if any, information may have been accessed. At this point, the company is not aware of any misuse of personal information because of this incident, and to date, the company has no evidence that this data was removed from its systems.
The company took prompt action to investigate the incident as soon as it was discovered and engaged legal and information security experts to assist. In addition to the security measures already in place, the company is also reviewing additional options to enhance its training, technology and security practices to reduce the risk of a similar threat, including requiring multifactor authentication, implementing real-time security monitoring enhancements and revising and redistributing mandatory password protection and reset policies. Additionally, the company is alerting its self-funded health plans’ third-party administrator and notified the three largest nationwide consumer reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – of the incident.

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Infolock Kicks Off 3rd Annual Healthcare IT Security Leaders’ Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 agosto 2018

Today, leading data advisory consulting firm Infolock kicked off its third annual Healthcare IT Security Leaders’ Summit at its corporate headquarters outside Washington, DC. The two-day, invite-only conference brings together IT and information security executives and industry experts and covers topics including blockchain applications for the healthcare industry, HIPAA enforcement, the future of AI in clinical settings, GDPR regulatory compliance and data privacy, managing privilege attacks, user-entity behavioral analytics, and other topics.When asked about the event, Ryan Dobbins, director of advisory services for Infolock said, “It’s a remarkable and unique experience for us to host the Summit, and we routinely hear from our attendees that it’s the best conference or meeting they attend all year long. That’s incredibly gratifying for us. We’re laser focused on avoiding vendor marketing in the subject matter presented — something we feel ruins other similar events — and it clearly shows in the quality and vigor of the dialogue we spark between and among participants. We think the industry needs more probing, challenging conversations and fewer long-form commercials.” Speakers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights, Community Health Systems, The Center for Internet Security, the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University, Polsinelli, BeyondTrust, Bay Dynamics, and Infolock will present over the course of two days. Attendees include executives from Penn Medicine, Sentara Healthcare, Temple University Health System, Orthofix, Gateway Health, Augusta Health, Valley Health, and others. In response to a question about previous years’ events and their most valuable insights, attendee Michael Bray, senior director of information security and compliance at Community Health Systems in Franklin, TN said, “Having the opportunity to hear directly from HHS OCR regarding breach reporting and enforcement, and getting the legal community’s perspective on effective breach response, was invaluable.”

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Dorsey Attorney Cody Wamsley Becomes Certified Information Systems Security Professional

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 luglio 2018

International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Cody Wamsley, an associate in its global Cybersecurity practice group, has become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an independent information security certification granted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2. “The CISSP certification requires five years of infosec experience and confirms Cody’s deep technical knowledge and experience in the security space that is critical for the cybersecurity work he is handling for our clients. Not many lawyers achieve this certification which is the industry-standard baseline certification for information security professionals. Having our team members achieve certifications like this should provide our clients with an extra level of confidence in the already excellent privacy and cybersecurity services that Dorsey offers,” says Jamie Nafziger, Chair of Dorsey’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Social Media practice group.Mr. Wamsley’s practice focuses on counseling clients on information security program development, regulatory compliance, data breaches and proactive breach prevention. He is part of a global team at Dorsey that assists clients in achieving privacy and security compliance, including implementing required controls for the GDPR for both small and large enterprises.Mr. Wamsley previously managed third-party information security risk at American Express and served as in-house patent counsel at a cybersecurity startup. He is a registered patent attorney and brings technical experience advising on global data security and privacy issues, negotiating and drafting complex technology contracts, and providing counsel on technology transactions.Clients have relied on Dorsey since 1912 as a valued business partner. With locations across the United States and in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Dorsey provides an integrated, proactive approach to its clients’ legal and business needs. Dorsey represents a number of the world’s most successful companies from a wide range of industries, including leaders in the banking, energy, food and agribusiness, health care, mining and natural resources, and public-private project development sectors, as well as major non-profit and government entities.

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MEPs visit Port of Antwerp to look into the security measures in place

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 luglio 2018

A high-level group of members of the Special Committee on Terrorism met on Thursday with Mr Marc Van Peel, Deputy Mayor in charge of the port, Paul Wauters, harbour captain at the Antwerp Port Authority, safety consultants of the port and representatives of the Antwerp Judicial Police, Navigation department and Navigation Police.Committee Chair Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR), at the end of the visit to the Port of Antwerp, said: “Our working visit today was instrumental for the work of the special committee and I thank the port authorities for having hosted us. It showed the importance of preparedness and proper security controls, as well as the need for cooperation between different countries and services in this field to be able to face the challenges posed by a terrorist attack”.
The aim of the visit was to gather information about the security measures in place to protect the port infrastructure in case of a terrorist attack. The high-level group of five MEPs was briefed on the security measures of the port and was presented several operations illustrating the security cooperation and controls in this field.This field visit will feed into the final recommendations, which the Special Committee on Terrorism will present to the Parliament’s plenary in December.The delegation was composed of the Chair, Ms Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR), co-rapporteur, Ms Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE), shadow rapporteur, Ms Caterina Chinicci (S&D, IT), as well as Mr Gerard Deprez (ALDE, BE) and Ms Kristina Winberg (ECR, SE).

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Reinforcing EU border security: visa-exempt travellers will be pre-screened

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 luglio 2018

Travellers posing a security risk will be refused entry into the EU Application will include questions on criminal record and trips to conflict zones. The authorisation will cost 7 euros and will be valid for 3 years
Non-EU nationals exempt from visa requirements will have to get an authorisation before travelling to the EU, under new rules backed by Parliament on Thursday.
The new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which should be operational in 2021, will allow for advanced checks on visa-free travellers and those considered to pose a security, irregular migration or epidemic risk will be denied access.
Nationals of the more than 60 countries and territories exempt from visa requirements to enter the EU will have to fill in an electronic form prior to their intended travel with their personal data (including name, date and place of birth, sex and nationality), travel document information (validity, country of issue), home address and contact information, and the European country of first intended entry.
The travel authorisation will cost 7 euros – free for travellers under 18 and those over 70 years of age-, and it will be valid for three years, or until the travel document expires.
The applicant will also need to inform authorities of any convictions for serious criminal offenses (such as terrorism, sexual exploitation of children, trafficking in human beings or drugs, murder and rape), about stays in specific war or conflict zones and of any prior administrative decisions requiring them to leave a country, all over the last ten years.
In the case of terrorist offences, the period will extend to the previous twenty years, and additional clarification on the date and country of the conviction will be required.
Each application will automatically be checked against all relevant databases to verify, among other issues, whether the travel document used has been reported lost or stolen and whether the person is wanted for arrest. The vast majority of applicants will get their authorisation almost immediately.If there is one or several hits when verifying the documents, or a positive reply to any of the questions on criminal records, trips to conflict areas and orders to leave a country, the data will be manually checked and the security, migration or epidemic risk individually assessed.

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“UN resolution on human shields will help bring security and stability to the Middle East”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 giugno 2018

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder praised Tuesday’s United Nations vote condemning the use of human shields as an “important” step that “will help bring security and stability” to the Middle East.“We welcome the UN General Assembly’s condemnation of the cynical use of human shields by terrorist groups like Hamas,” said Lauder. “This is an important step forward in the global war on terror and a critical moral stance that will help bring security and stability to the Middle East and the wider world.”The UN General Assembly Tuesday voted to condemn use of civilians as human shields by terrorist organizations. The resolution is specifically aimed at Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that runs the Gaza Strip and which has used human shields in conflicts with Israel as a propaganda tactic. Hamas terrorists have hid behind women and children in hospitals and schools while launching missile attacks on Israel. The condemnation of human shields is part of the UN’s update of its counter-terrorism strategy.The UN resolution explicitly condemned terrorist groups for the double war crime of hiding behind women and children while attacking civilians. The resolution decries the use of “schools and hospitals, for military purposes such as launching attacks and storing weapons,” as well as the use of “civilians to shield military objectives from attacks.” “Every terror group that cowardly hides behind women and children while using hospitals and schools as bases to attack civilians should be held accountable and punished,” Lauder added.The UN resolution is an update of its Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, which was first adopted in 2006 and gets reviewed every two years.

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Security: Maticmind annuncia un nuovo portfolio di offerta

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 giugno 2018

L’aumento della complessità delle reti, il livello di adozione delle tecnologie implementate e dei servizi ad esse collegate, l’aumento dei dati, l’utilizzo del digital e l’inadeguato livello di sicurezza, rendono le reti vulnerabili a cyberattacchi che potrebbero mettere a repentaglio l’operato delle aziende, causando perdite economiche, dirette e indirette, molto ingenti. Per questo motivo la sicurezza delle reti, delle informazioni e dei dati rappresenta un tema al quale le aziende di tutti i settori sono sempre più sensibili.Al fine di soddisfare le richieste di un mercato in evoluzione, è fondamentale unire aspetti normativi ed organizzativi focalizzandosi sulle competenze tecnologiche coniugando soluzioni e servizi a valore.Partendo da questo principio, Maticmind ha intrapreso il percorso di implementazione del proprio portfolio di offerta inerente alla sicurezza partendo da due importanti acquisizioni avvenute nel 2017, che hanno portato l’azienda ad affermarsi sul mercato sia come valore che come offerta. La prima operazione straordinaria ha visto l’acquisto del 60% delle quote di Cybermind, azienda operante nell’ambito della governance e della cybersecurity. La seconda ha avuto come protagonista Business-e, leader nel mondo della sicurezza da oltre 20 anni sia in ambito tecnologico che in ambito consulenziale e dei Managed Security Services, di cui sono state acquisite il 100% delle azioni. Grazie a queste operazioni, Maticmind ha conseguito l’obiettivo di affiancare a un modello di business basato sul prodotto e sulla soluzione, un modello basato sul progetto e soprattutto sul servizio oltre che acquisire un ruolo da protagonista nel contesto della compliance normativa, completando lo scacchiere di tecnologie a supporto delle soluzioni e proponendo una linea di managed services multilivello che va dai self-provisioned services a quelli ad elevato contenuto fino ai servizi del nuovo Security Operation Center (SOC) ospitato in una struttura dedicata. Per massimizzare l’efficacia su questo complesso mercato, Maticmind ha dedicato una struttura di professionisti con competenze trasversali sulla materia in grado di supportare il cliente nelle scelte organizzative e tecnologiche con un approccio consulenziale, a sostegno della volontà di interpretare il ruolo del partner a valore. Questo team è direttamente coordinato dalla figura del Chief Information Security Officer, che per la natura dell’azienda e convergenza di obiettivi qualitativi, ha delega sia sugli aspetti corporate a garanzia della qualità dei servizi, che sul business.

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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 (www.silvertoken.com) 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 Silvertoken.com: Silvertoken.com 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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