Cyber Security Practitioner

Volume: 3 Issue: 2
(February 2017)


The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, announced the creation of Industry 100, an initiative that invites private sector organisations to embed staff into the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (‘NCSC’) to develop a clearer understanding of cyber threats faced by the UK, at the official opening of the NCSC on 14 February 2017. / read more

The Cyberspace Administration of China (‘CAC’) issued, on 4 February 2016, a draft of its Network Products and Services Security Review Measures (‘Draft Measures’), further to the adoption of the Cyber Security Law (‘Law’) in November 2016, which is due to take effect from 1 June 2017. Under Article 35 of the Law, network products and network services procured by operators of critical information infrastructure network are subject to national security examination. The Draft Measures set out the implementation of this review regime. / read more


PwC launched its twentieth CEO Survey1 in Davos last month, providing insights into the minds of over 1,300 of the world’s leading industry bosses. The survey shows that most bosses now see cyber security as one of their most significant business threats, second only to worries about skills shortages. This high state of alert is reflected in the fact that most leading businesses are now actively addressing cyber security breaches (97% of the population surveyed). These worries about cyber security and skills availability are inextricably linked, but I’ll come back to this point shortly. / read more

Earlier this year, the chairman of the UK’s National Cyber Management Centre warned that “a major bank will fail as a result of a cyber attack in 2017.” Scarily, this does not seem so far-fetched. An increasingly connected world and rapid technological innovation is creating broader and more diverse opportunities for cyber attacks. The use of artificial intelligence (‘AI’) by companies to detect and counter such cyber attacks is becoming increasingly commonplace. Andy Lucas, Majdi Silk and Amy O’Shea of Dentons, explore the associated legal issues in using AI for cyber security purposes. / read more

Charlotte Schultz, Attorney at Legal-Aid South Africa (Pretoria Justice Centre), provides in this article in-depth analysis of South Africa’s recently published draft Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill (the ‘Bill’). In doing so she reflects on how cyber crime can be defined, as well as providing commentary on numerous aspects of the Bill and in particular how the academic community has reacted to it. / read more

Recent months might be seen as particularly noteworthy in the history of the cyber security sector - and of cyber security awareness in general - in Australia, with the Australian Red Cross data breach, reported in October 2016, reportedly the largest in Australian history, and now, in February 2017, the introduction of a mandatory data breach notification scheme through the passage of the country’s Privacy Amendment (Notification of Serious Data Breaches) Bill 2015. Paul Kallenbach, Veronica Scott and Leah Mooney of MinterEllison discuss the scheme, as well as the continued evolution of Australia’s cyber insurance market in the context of gathering awareness of cyber security issues in Australia. / read more

Theodore F. Claypoole and Taylor Ey of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP discuss the continuing effort of the US Federal Trade Commission (‘FTC’) to protect consumer security and privacy when it comes to the Internet of Things, focusing on the FTC’s recent action against D-Link. The authors argue that this action was an administrative overreach, as no concrete consumer injury was included within the enforcement action. / read more

Compared to other insurance lines, cyber insurance is still in its infancy. This is hardly surprising as even smartphones - which now seem ubiquitous - debuted only ten years ago. The risks from proliferating technology are not well understood, and the legal protections to address these risks are still evolving. John Black and Michael Silvestro of Skarzynski Black LLC discuss the various ways that insurance now addresses cyber related legal and business risks and may continue to develop. / read more

About Cyber Security Practitioner:

Cyber Security Practitioner, the most recently launched monthly publication from Cecile Park Media, provides a multi-disciplinary view on the cyber security challenges facing global businesses and delivers insight into operational change. It covers cyber security regulation, data breach, data security, cyber risk, cyber crime, ethical hacking, privacy and data protection, cyber infrastructure, technical solutions, risk management, information assurance, security standards, liability, consumer protection, ransomware and other cyber threats, cyber insurance... /read more

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