Seven global telecom companies join Global Network Initiative, promote privacy across ICT

Move extends GNI’s global company constituency to encompass Internet and comms companies

From February 1st, Millicom, Nokia, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, and Vodafone Group will have official observer status within the GNI. Observer status, which lasts for one year and precedes full GNI membership, is an opportunity for the ID companies to engage directly within GNI’s unique multi-stakeholder forum of ICT companies, human rights and press freedom groups, academics and investors.

Data privacy bill in Congress, trans-Atlantic deal elusive

Negotiators given deadline to resolve issues but hurdles remain

Reuters

Washington/ Brussels (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel approved measures on Thursday that were causing concern in Europe among negotiators hammering out a new trans-Atlantic pact on electronic data transfer, an issue for many companies such as Facebook and Microsoft.

Congress to probe Juniper 'back door' exposure, possible U.S. involvement

Debate heats up after recent attacks by Islamic militants, known to exploit digital comms networks

Reuters

San Francisco (Reuters)- A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday.

Companies look beyond firewalls in cyber battle with hackers

Remains to be seen whether early stage technology will be good enough to outfox hackers

Reuters

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - With firewalls no longer seen as enough of a defense against security breaches, companies are looking at new tools to foil hackers trying to enter a computer network.

U.S. and Israeli startups are leading the way, with new approaches such as "honeytraps" that lure a hacker to fake data or "polymorphic" technology that constantly changes the structure of applications running on a computer.

Some of the technology is still in the early stages and it remains to be seen whether it will be good enough to outfox the hackers.

U.S. and EU firms warn of 'enormous' consequences if data pact talks fail

Business groups warn that all data transfer mechanisms are in jeopardy as a result of recent EU ruling

Reuters

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The two largest American and European trade groups have warned of "enormous" consequences for thousands of businesses and millions of users if Brussels and Washington fail to wrap up talks on a data transfer pact by the end of the month.

The United States and Washington accelerated negotiations on a new framework enabling firms to easily transfer personal data across the Atlantic after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court last year on concerns about U.S. snooping.

NSA says new phone spying program meets privacy safeguards

Some privacy advocates expressed skepticism at Friday’s report

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new system for collecting domestic telephone records meets several privacy and civil liberties benchmarks, the U.S. National Security Agency said on Friday.

U.S. official sees more cyber attacks on industrial control systems

Increase in attacks linked to number of control systems directly connected to the Internet

Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. government cyber security official warned that authorities have seen an increase in attacks that penetrate industrial control system networks over the past year, and said they are vulnerable because they are exposed to the Internet.

Industrial control systems are computers that control operations of industrial processes, from energy plants and steel mills to cookie factories and breweries.

Juniper Networks will drop code tied to National Security Agency

Maker of networking gear to ship new versions of security software in the first half of this year

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Juniper Networks Inc said late on Friday it would stop using a piece of security code that analysts believe was developed by the National Security Agency in order to eavesdrop through technology products.

The Silicon Valley maker of networking gear said it would ship new versions of security software in the first half of this year to replace those that rely on numbers generated by Dual Elliptic Curve technology.

HARMAN to Acquire Towersec Automotive Cyber Security

Provides real-time, embedded software security to protect vehicles from hacking and intrusions

CES 2016

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HARMAN (NYSE:HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced it is acquiring TowerSec, a global automotive cyber security company specializing in network protection for connected vehicles. TowerSec’s technology will be integrated into HARMAN’s 5+1 security architecture aimed at protecting the critical points of vulnerability in the connected and autonomous car, including hardware, network and Over The Air (OTA) updates.

China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law

Some concerned the law could require 'back doors' in products

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Technology companies have nothing to fear from China's new anti-terrorism law which aims to prevent and probe terror activities and does not affect their copyright, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, rebuffing U.S. criticism as unwarranted.

The draft anti-terrorism law has caused concern in Western capitals as it could require technology firms to install "back doors" in products or to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government.

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