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Cybersecurity as a priority

According to the newest Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey 2018, IT leaders are most concerned with protecting businesses from cyber attacks. The efforts in this sector have been growing steadily since the beginning of April and, even if a majority of the organizations were not prepared for the GDPR deadline, 68% claim to have sufficient support from the boards to raise investments and strengthen defences. However, the survey also shows some uncertainty on the effectiveness of these efforts. 78% of CIOs think that their digital security efforts are "moderately effective" and only 22% of respondents feel that they are able to react to a cyber attack. Therefore, is not a surprise that the threat of organized cybercrime is still the greatest concern for 77% of them.

The report is available here
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A new survey raises concerns on poor businesses’ cybersecurity awareness

According to the latest report commissioned by NTT security, businesses continue to not implement protective measures in crucial areas of cybersecurity.  The report shows that one fifth of the 1800 UK’s global decision-makers surveyed will not invest in information security because they are con-vinced that paying hackers’ ransom demands is a better measure to cut the security costs.  Another 30% of the surveyed managers is not sure whether they would pay or not.  This means that only about half of them is prepared to invest in a proactive implementation of appropriate cybersecurity measures.

The report is available here
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Technology is key to counter-terrorism

The UK government has published its new Counter-terrorism strategy.  This plan aims at enhancing the coordination between police enforcement authorities, such as MI5 and police, but also with pri-vate sector organisations. Most of the coordination activities involve the use of information technologies as main instrument.

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Facebook reacts to NYT claims

After the publication of the New York Times article that denounces the existence of different Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) between Facebook and at least 60 device makers, the social media giant has challenged the content of the article through a blog post of its Vice President of the Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong.  Archibong underlines that APIs are sets of methods of communication between various software components enabling the sharing of data between the Companies’ devices.  They are similar to the ones used for the Cambridge Analytica scandal but Facebook has clarified which are the distinctive peculiarities of the public APIs used by Aleksandr Kogan in that case.

The Facebook’s blog post is available here
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The CoE participates in the European Dialogue on Internet Governance in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Council of Europe announced today its participation in the European Dialogue on Internet Governance going to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia on 5 and 6 June.  During the event, several topics will be discussed including artificial intelligence, cybercrime, online hate speech and disinformation, and the recent revision of the Convention No. 108.

The release is available here