What secure communication apps do you use?
I currently have five of such apps on my mobile phone, all on free subscription. Continue reading “Privacy, the dark side of secure communication apps”
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”
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.
“In other words the machines, you put down a Republican, and it registers as a Democrat” Donald Trump, Republican who still won the “rigged” 2016 US Presidential election
France provides the option of e-voting remotely (“le vote par internet”) for its citizens living abroad, like me. The option is currently avaible for two types of French elections: the legislative elections and the election of consular representatives. I keenly contributed to a recent large scale test of the French Government e-voting service ahead of the 2017 legislative elections. It was my first e-voting experience. It triggered some reflections, research and some debate with cyber security peers. Continue reading “e-voting: cyber risks & e-democracy opportunities”