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2016 DBIR: Understand Your Cybersecurity Threats | Verizon Enterprise Solutions

2016 DBIR: Understand Your Cybersecurity Threats | Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
Understand the cybersecurity threats you're up against with
Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Our 2016 DBIR can help you
protect against cybersecurity breaches.
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Seems this years report does not show much progress from previous years in terms of lessons learned.
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Just Been Hacked? - Lieberman Software

Just Been Hacked? - Lieberman Software | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
Is your organization under cyber attack? Are you worried that your most sensitive data might be stolen? If you've just been hacked, we can help.
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CRS - Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons

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CRS summarizes information on one of the nuclear powers in a dangerous neighborhood.

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Iran Unveils a Second Underground Missile Base

Iran Unveils a Second Underground Missile Base | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
News that Iran contains precision-guided, nuclear-capable missiles will likely trigger sanctions.
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Jedi says "No threat here just move along please.  These are not the missiles you are looking for"

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New Catalonia leader pledges secession within 18 months - BBC News

New Catalonia leader pledges secession within 18 months - BBC News | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
The new leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia pledges to continue his predecessor's plans to secede within 18 months.
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More small, incompetent governments, that is what Europe needs!

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The Henrybasset Blog: More "Getting to the left of Kill Chain"

The Henrybasset Blog: More "Getting to the left of Kill Chain" | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
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Need to have more folks getting to the left of the kill chain.

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India Is Building a Top-Secret Nuclear City to Produce Thermonuclear Weapons, Experts Say

India Is Building a Top-Secret Nuclear City to Produce Thermonuclear Weapons, Experts Say | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
India Is Building a Top-Secret Nuclear City to Produce Thermonuclear Weapons, Experts Say « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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This is not a good development.

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Two Steps to Crack Down on Islamic State Financing Options

Two Steps to Crack Down on Islamic State Financing Options | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
The finance ministers gathering at the UN this week should focus on taking actionable steps against the Islamic State's backdoor funding schemes, some of which involve continued access to the international banking system.
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Seems governments cannot stop the money rolling into Daesh.

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Air Travel and Communicable Diseases: Comprehensive Federal Plan Needed for U.S. Aviation System's Preparedness

Air Travel and Communicable Diseases: Comprehensive Federal Plan Needed for U.S. Aviation System's Preparedness | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
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GAO found that some lessons from the ebola outbreak regarding the importance of an air travel plan were not learned by anyone.

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World nations reach landmark deal on using satellites to track flights

World nations reach landmark deal on using satellites to track flights | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
Geneva (AFP) Nov 11, 2015 - World nations struck a landmark deal Wednesday on using satellites to track flights, which could prove key to preventing a repeat of the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 in March 2014.
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A positive improvement. Took long enough.

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Charting European Immigration

Charting European Immigration | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
The sheer number of migrants this year and the shift in arrival routes have led to deeper structural problems.
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Great STRATFOR graphic on this continuing challenge for the West. 

 

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5 Ways to Spot a Coerced Insider Threat - Nextgov.com

5 Ways to Spot a Coerced Insider Threat - Nextgov.com | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
For traditional insider threat risk, there are traditional warning signs, but for a coerced threat, their outward behavior will likely not change at all.
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This article begins a discussion of the motivation behind the huge OPM breach.

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The Henrybasset Blog: Are we finally in an era when a new CISO can put the pedal on the floor??

The Henrybasset Blog: Are we finally in an era when a new CISO can put the pedal on the floor?? | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
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Some thoughts on whether Corporate Info security Officers are going deliver or flounder.

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A Timeline of the Apple-FBI iPhone Controversy (UPDATED: 3/1/16) | The State of Security

A Timeline of the Apple-FBI iPhone Controversy (UPDATED: 3/1/16) | The State of Security | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
Apple has been making headlines recently for its refusal to comply with a court order requiring it to help the FBI unlock a mass shooter's iPhone.
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Hacker May Have Punched Through FBI Cyber Security With One Phone Call

Hacker May Have Punched Through FBI Cyber Security With One Phone Call | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
It doesn’t matter how technically secure your data is if it’s protected by gullible humans.
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Seems that the more technology government adds the more doors they open.

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CRS - Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP Brief

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CRS provides a great overview of the TPP.

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People are starving in East Africa -- again -- as the world looks away

People are starving in East Africa -- again -- as the world looks away | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
Humanitarian groups are growing increasingly concerned about two hunger emergencies unfolding in East Africa -- one caused by drought, the other by war.
Millions of people in Ethiopia and South Sudan are short on food, international agencies say, and in South Sudan, conflict has made it difficult...
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Sad  song remains a hit.

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Mexican drug lord’s dreams of biopic aided in his capture

Mexican drug lord’s dreams of biopic aided in his capture | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
The drug lord’s own apparent vanity helped authorities discover his hideout six months after he escaped from prison.
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Power, money, but still needed a Hollywood connection.

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Hostage Project | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

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Another good stocking stuffer for Christmas.

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RPT-Finance and tech heavyweights join forces as blockchain initiative grows

RPT-Finance and tech heavyweights join forces as blockchain initiative grows | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
Big names from the worlds offinance and technology such as Deutsche Boerse, JP Morgan, Ciscoand IBM have come together to work on an open-source frameworkfor using the "blockchain" technology that underpins theweb-based cryptocurrency bitcoin.
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Criminals of the world celebrate.

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U.S. leaves French requests on terror financing information unanswered: source

U.S. leaves French requests on terror financing information unanswered: source | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
U.S. authorities have left unanswered French requests for access to financial information concerning suspects tied to last month's attacks in Paris, a French Finance Ministry source said.
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Terrorist financing is supposed to be important, but the privacy laws seem to trump meaningful cooperation.  Stopping terrorist finance tools sounds like a great idea, but no countries seem able to put an effective plan into practice.

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Critical Infrastructure Protection: Measures Needed to Assess Agencies' Promotion of the Cybersecurity Framework

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Measures Needed to Assess Agencies' Promotion of the Cybersecurity Framework | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
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GAO found that what is not measured is not valued.  Measuring a weak Cybersecurity program may not add value in any case.

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U.S. Policy to Counter Nigeria's Boko Haram

U.S. Policy to Counter Nigeria's Boko Haram | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
John Campbell, Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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This report gives some additional insight to the internal Nigerian political dynamics that fueled Boko Haram growth.

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Keith Alexander's cyber startup draws backing -- Defense Systems

The former NSA director's firm, IronNet, will use the cash infusion to scale his line of cybersecurity products.
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IronNet seems to be offering the strong defense strategy to the private sector.  It may detect problems, but it will not be able to prevent breaches.

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China Military Seeks to Bring Cyber Warfare Units Under One Roof - Bloomberg Business

China Military Seeks to Bring Cyber Warfare Units Under One Roof - Bloomberg Business | Convergence -- Global Illicit Networks and National Security | Scoop.it
China’s military chiefs are seeking to unify the country’s cyber warfare capabilities as they build a modern fighting force that relies less on ground troops.
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Chinese may find this difficult and there will likely be some resistance to consolidation from the PLA and Police established cyber outfits.

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