Council of Europe Octopus Conference- Some Thoughts

l am still sitting in the parliament room of the Council of Europe at the celebration event for the Budapest Convention. It was another very good event advancing the challenges fighting Cybercrime. Let me try to summarize a few thoughts: The Budapest Convention is probably the best convention out there allowing a wide adoption of…


Another Cyberwarfare School–better keep them employed!

A lot of countries are currently looking at their capabilities to defend their networks as well as leveraging technology for offense doing “Cyberwarfare”. Let’s now not debate where this starts or ends… Pakistan is another example: Pakistan to open cyber warfare school I can understand where governments and militaries are coming from but this deeply…


Cyber Security: The Road Ahead

This paper by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) was just brought to my attention. A piece of work, which is definitely worth working through. It lays out the problem space and then does a deep dive into the different sections: Governments Legislative Bodies The Armed Forces Law Enforcement Judges…


Six “New” Attack Vectors

Reading this article Six New Hacks That Will Make Your CSO Cringe made me think as it has a few fairly interesting approaches: Fake Phone Networks: I am wondering how much work it takes to do it. If the effort is not too high, I am not (yet) too worried about it. But still, for…


Conclusion on UNODC: Open Ended Expert Group on Cybercrime

I told you that I will attend the UNODC: Open Ended Expert Group on Cybercrime, which is now slowly coming to an end. Let me draw a few conclusions on the meeting. It was not the first UN meeting I attended and – depending on the audience – the discussion can easily result an long…


Targeted Attacks: The Biggest Risk in 2011?

Since quite a while, I am saying that targeted attacks are the risks, which really keep me up at night. BBC just posted a similar article: Cyber-sabotage and espionage top 2011 security fears I think that this is a real issue and very hard to fight! Roger


Turkey signed Cybercrime Convention

We are huge supporter of the Convention on Cybercrime by the Council of Europe. The reason for this is that we are convinced that there is a need of a certain level of harmonization across the Globe regarding cybercrime laws. Today I learned, that Turkey signed the convention yesterday. This is a great achievement and…


The Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Strategy

I often talk to governments about their Cybersecurity strategy and agenda. Sometimes I think it is extremely hard for a government official or high-ranking military person to really understand what is going on in the cyber space and what this means. It is not too easy for people like us but for somebody who’s job…


Cloud Computing: Benefits and Risks of Moving Federal IT into the Cloud

July 1st, Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President Trustworthy Computing was testifying at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Basically the hearing was on the benefits and risk of Cloud adoption for the US government. If you are interested in reading his full testimony, you will find it here. Additionally, Scott…