Emmanuel Macron has recently been elected as the new French president. He led a very astute political campaign, building and leading a new movement called “En Marche!” (Forward!) and he made it to the top. He is young. He embraces social media. His campaign team was very cyber-savvy and that served him well, because his campaign also made headlines on cyber security matters. Continue reading “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity & Cyber Security”
The French presidential election is over. Emmanuel Macron has won and will become France’s new president. A lot will be discussed about his victory in the upcoming weeks and throughout the upcoming French legislative elections (next month in June) that will result in a new French National Assembly and a new French prime minister. Until then, Macron has certainly successfully fought a tough political battle and his campaign team has also fought a tough cybersecurity battle during the elections. Continue reading “French Election Campaign Smart Cybersecurity”
IAM Feeling Good?
I switched banks years ago. My former bank’s financial services and benefits were average when compared to other banks, but something in particular triggered my decision to switch. I had developed a bad online user experience, and especially a bad feeling about Identity and Access Management (IAM). Continue reading “The feeling of digital identity management”
This is a sad day for technology. I love it when technology enables progress and efficiency in business and society. It saddens me when progress is stopped over security fears. I can certainly appreciate the risk management logic with e-voting, especially in times of suspected elections influence through hacking. However, I wonder whether the below case is more a question of a poor risk management practice causing a setback to progress. Continue reading “A vote of no-confidence in e-voting”
Australian politicians use Wickr and WhatsApp
Encrypted Political Turmoil, is a post I published in October 2016 reporting on the increasing use and popularity of secure communication apps, such as Wickr and WhatsApp, among leading Australian political figures including the Prime Minister. Continue reading “BYOS, Secure Communication for Hack-Fearing Politicians & others”
In a recent post, The Australian Cyber Risk Insouciance, I commented on an article from the Australian Financial Review (AFR), which reported that the Australian Government would not understand the cyber risks faced by the nation. They would not spend enough on cyber security to manage the risks adequately. They would then consequently expose the country to an unacceptable level of risk. The AFR article quoted some experts urging the Australian Government to spend more on cyber security. I concluded the post with 6 follow-on questions. The first question was “How much is the Australian Government currently spending on managing the nation cyber risk?”, which I have researched and report on below. Continue reading “How much is the Australian Government Spending on Cyber Security?”
Australia would be cyber risk insouciante, or carefree. They are spending $50bn on French submarines to better deal with Indo-Pacific military and maritime geopolitical risks, but they would not be spending enough to deal “properly” with cyber security risks. They would not understand cyber risks enough to prioritise them appropriately for the sake of the nation. Instead, the Australian Government would supposedly expose the nation to foreign state threats and “Cyber Pearl Harbour” risks as severe as “government overthrowing”. To fix the problem, Australia should reportedly “spend more” on cyber security.