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Hyderabad Joins Global League of Cyber Security Clusters

Hyderabad Joins Global League of Cyber Security Clusters

Indian tech center Hyderabad recently sent its own security cluster to join the The Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Partnership in Innovation, a group of 14 cybersecurity ecosystems across the globe. A high-level delegation from the newly launched HSC is set to meet representatives from Global EPIC next month. HSC Founder Zaki Qureshey says that their entry into the league will give them opportunities to collaborate on projects and access to the global community of the innovation system. Qureshey also stressed that collaboration has to be done at the global level since cybercrime is not restricted by borders. The 14 cyber […]

US Introduces Bill to Counter Dwindling Cybersecurity Workforce

US Introduces Bill to Counter Dwindling Cybersecurity Workforce

A bipartisan bill which seeks to address the shortage of workers in the cybersecurity industry was recently introduced by US lawmakers in the House of Representatives. Based on Nevada’s new cybersecurity apprenticeship program, the ‘Cyber Ready Workforce Act (H.R.6791)’ will establish a grant program under the Department of Labor which will allow the Secretary of Labor to fund workforce intermediaries that support the creation, implementation, and expansion of apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity.   A recent CompTIA report says that there were 301,873 cybersecurity-related job openings in the private and public sectors between April 2017 and March 2018. Source: ZDNet

Facebook Offers Upgraded Cybersecurity for Officials, Candidates

Facebook Offers Upgraded Cybersecurity for Officials, Candidates

Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy for Facebook, said in a recent blog post that the company is now offering candidates and officials upgraded cybersecurity through a new pilot program. Gleicher explained that Facebook will be giving extra attention to the accounts enrolled in the program which are typically targeted by hackers and foreign actors. He added that heightened protections will also be given to pages linked with the candidate’s staff members and representatives from federal and state political party committees. Gleicher revealed that an attack on one account can trigger a review and protection of other affiliated accounts in […]

LG UPlus Trials Overseas Blockchain Payment Solution

LG UPlus Trials Overseas Blockchain Payment Solution

LG UPlus announced last weekend that it will be partnering with other telecom providers in the US, Japan and Taiwan for a blockchain-based overseas payment service solution. The system will reportedly allow customers to purchase on the network of any of the partners from selected retailers when they travel anywhere in Taiwan, Japan, or Korea. Purchases will also be linked to the client’s direct carrier billing, so that subscribers can pay in their country’s currency and avoid fees on overseas credit card transactions. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) had already been signed last week with Far EasTone Telecommunications (Taiwan), SoftBank […]

New US Tariffs Hit Cloud Industry, Exclude Apple Products

New US Tariffs Hit Cloud Industry, Exclude Apple Products

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) confirmed last Monday that some Apple gadgets and other consumer electronics will not be included in the latest tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Chinese goods. However, while the Apple Watch and AirPods were left off the list, the iPhone was not. The 10% tariffs on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese products also heavily hit the cloud industry as parts for servers, networking, and production of semiconductors were levied. Trump also warned that he will be implementing phase three, which is tariffs on approximately $267 billion of additional imports, if China retaliates against […]

Iran Accuses Twitter of Shutting Down Legit Accounts, Ignoring Anti-Gov’t Ones

Iran Accuses Twitter of Shutting Down Legit Accounts, Ignoring Anti-Gov’t Ones

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said last weekend that Twitter is removing accounts of real Iranians despite taking no action against US- backed anti-government ones. Zarif called the attention of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in his tweet where he said that the company had removed the accounts of Iranian presenters and students as part of an influence op. The Iranian minister also challenged Twitter to remove ‘bots’ in Tirana used to spread Washington’s propaganda that called for a regime change. The Iranian media had claimed that Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US exiled opposition groups were behind the social […]

Court Allows ISPs to Charge Studios for Help in Hunting Pirates

Court Allows ISPs to Charge Studios for Help in Hunting Pirates

Canada’s Supreme Court recently ruled that internet service providers in the country may charge media makers for assistance in looking up the IP addresses and details of customers that spread and use pirated media. The ruling was made in a case involving Voltage Pictures vs telecom giant Rogers. The production company behind the movie Hurt Locker wanted to sue around 55,000 Rogers customers who allegedly bootlegged the studio’s films, but the provider wanted to charge $100 per hour for assistance. The court ruled in favor of Rogers, but said that the telecom should go back to a lower court to […]

AI to Create 60 Million More Jobs by 2022, New Report Says

AI to Create 60 Million More Jobs by 2022, New Report Says

The World Economic Forum said in its new report that artificial intelligence could generate around 58 million more jobs by 2022. In “The Future of Jobs 2018” the WEF said that although 75 million jobs are likely to be displaced, another 133 million new roles would be made as a result of the shake up in the division of labor between human workers and machines.   The report also said that developments in automation in the workplace would create more jobs that what it would phase out, since the technology would help companies improve its understanding of the kinds of […]

India Excludes Huawei, ZTE from 5G Trials

India Excludes Huawei, ZTE from 5G Trials

Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE had reportedly been excluded from participating in 5G trials in India, following reports of the companies banning by the Australian government due to security concerns.   Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan confirmed that Huawei had been excluded. The company, on the other hand, said that it has already contacted the government regarding its concerns. However, Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco and Samsung had been invited by India’s Department of Telecommunications to work with the government in trialling the technology across the country. Huawei previously criticized Australia’s decision in banning it, saying that the decision was brought by […]

New Thai Political Party Gets in Hot Water Over Facebook Speech

New Thai Political Party Gets in Hot Water Over Facebook Speech

The founder and two members of a new political party in Thailand opposed to military rule had been charged by the police for allegedly violating the Computer Crimes Act. Auto parts billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a political newcomer, and his colleagues in the Future Forward Party was said to have given false information in a June 29 speech posted on Facebook.   Thanatorn meanwhile said that he and his party members are rejecting the charges and accused the government of using the Act to silence and threaten them. Source: Reuters