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Central Military Commission Issues InfoSec "Opinions"
USITO.org Weekly – October 13, 0214: Cnstock.com reported on October 8th that the China Central Military Commission recently issued a document entitled "Opinions on Further Strengthening Military Information Security Work."
According to the report, the "Opinions" require that the military thoroughly implement multi-level
information security risk assessment, with an emphasis on information security implementation and management. The "Opinions" also require that the military work to advance domestic indigenous technology and its applications.
This is the latest set of "opinions" designed to improve information security in key sectors of the economy and society, following recent guidelines from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) for network security and from the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) for banking industry network security. ...Full Story
It's an IoT standards shakeup as Broadcom dumps Intel's Open Interconnect Consortium
Gigaom – October 13, 0214: Standards formation is a messy business, and that's proving true for the internet of things, as Broadcom leaves Intel's Open Interconnect Consortium after a disagreement over IP.
Broadcom, one of the founding members of the Open Interconnect Consortium, has left the group over a disagreement on how to handle intellectual property, according to a source involved on the OIC. The standards group was formed this summer as a competitor to Qualcomm's efforts to push AllJoyn as a device-to-device protocol that would help identify and assess the capabilities of connected devices.... ...Full Story
Eight Key Open-Source Internet of Things Projects
Darryl K. Taft
eWeek – October 9, 2014: Open source is key to the development of the Internet of things (IoT)....This eWEEK slide show looks at some of the core open-source software projects that focus on IoT.... ...Full Story
OpenForum Academy releases 'Research On Open Innovation'
OpenForum Academy – October 8, 2014: The Fellows of the OpenForum Academy have published the second book in our series exploring the latest thinking around Open Innovation in technology, information and standards. 'Research in Open Innovation' is a "deeper dive" than our previous book entitled 'Thoughts on Open Innovation,' and is intended to help policy-makers, business leaders and researchers consider key issues in the field.
'Research on Open Innovation' was launched in September 2014 as part of OpenForum Academy's programme of Open Access research. You can learn more about it and download a free copy from our website. You can also buy a professionally printed copy on Lulu for 12.99 USD plus postage ...Full Story
New plug and play Energy Storage Standard announced by SunSpec and MESA
SunSpec/MESA – October 8, 2014: The SunSpec Alliance (SunSpec) and the MESA Standards Alliance (MESA) have jointly released the first open, non-proprietary energy storage system specification for public review. The specification referred to as SunSpec Energy Storage Models Specification and incorporated in MESA specifications as a "MESA-Device," was developed through a joint effort and proposes standards for how the different components of an energy storage system (power meters, power conversion systems, and batteries) communicate with one another.... ...Full Story
IHS on industrial cybersecurity
Global Energy – October 7, 2014: According to IHS, the market for industrial cybersecurity products remains extremely immature, with currently over 260 vendors offering a wide range of hardware, software and services. In contrast to other parts of industrial automation markets, no one vendor dominates; and those with the highest market share typically specialize in a particular region, industry sector or technology....
IHS holds that a quiet revolution is already taking place. Vendors of control systems have united around IEC 62443 (the international version of ISA-99), which when finalised will describe how to secure control system assets throughout their lifecycle. Whereas security was an afterthought in earlier generations of control system, asset owners have pushed suppliers to restructure their products to implement security features that provide some inherent levels of protection. Only parts of the IEC 62443 standard have been released so far; but once the standard and certification services are available, all tier 1 vendors are expected to soon offer an IEC 62443 product.... ...Full Story
Small firms and open-source software put Spine back into NHS after IT fiasco
The Conversation – October 7, 2014: Without the fuss and delays that have plagued so many large government IT projects, a key part of the NHS digital infrastructure was recently migrated and updated in a single weekend.The collection of applications and directory services known as the Spine connects clinicians, patients and local services to core NHS services such as the GP2GP patient record transfer, the Electronic Prescription Service, patients' Summary Care Records, and the Choose and Book service. More than 250,000 health service staff connect to it every day, sending more than 400m messages each month.
After the original contract with BT expired, the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) decided to move from a proprietary system to one based on open-source software, using Leeds-based company BJSS.... ...Full Story
LibreOffice Celebrates - and Does Something Unusual
ComputerWorldUK – October 6, 2014: ...And so here we are, four years later, with LibreOffice still going strong. Italo Vignoli of the The Document Foundation, which is the organisation behind LibreOffice, has provided some figures charting how far the project has come in that time:
On September 28, 2014, The Document Foundation - and LibreOffice - will turn four. In figures, this means eight major releases, close to 100 million downloads, over 800 new developers, a large number of active volunteers in every corner of the planet, and millions of desktops "migrating" from proprietary to free office suites. LibreOffice is the fastest growing free software project of this decade... ...Full Story
The Importance of Cybersecurity in the Age of the Cloud and Internet of Things
Government Technology – October 6, 2014: Cloud and mobile computing are pushing the IT landscape further away from the organization, and an emerging Internet of Things is expanding the surface area of a defensive front already riddled with holes. Any member of an organization is subject to social engineering attacks for which leadership will increasingly be held accountable before an unforgiving public. Today's cybersecurity trends are evolving at an overwhelming pace, but it's not a lost cause....
Here's a look at some of the biggest trends and what they mean for security professionals, CIOs and government leaders.... ...Full Story
The Eclipse Foundation is launching a free, open-source Java stack for IoT
ComputerWorld – October 6, 2014: There's no single standard to link all devices in the "Internet of Things" and there may never be one, but the Eclipse Foundation wants to at least make it easier for developers to code for the standards that are out there.
On Monday, the group released its Open IoT Stack for Java, an open-source development platform for consumer and enterprise IoT systems that supports three major standards. The free download from Eclipse's site combines the fruits of several projects that have been in the works at the open-source community. The stack includes support for the MQTT, CoAP and Lightweight M2M standards, as well as frameworks to build IoT gateways, home automation products and SCADA factory automation systems.... ...Full Story
Cybersecurity Now A MultiSpeak Feature
ECT.coop – October 3, 0214: A new MultiSpeak cybersecurity standard to ensure greater safety of billing and other data-laden tasks by electric cooperatives is now available for testing.
MultiSpeak is an industry-wide software interoperability standard that NRECA helped develop, and is the first such standard to include a cybersecurity component.
The test harness will allow equipment manufacturers to verify that their implementation of the cybersecurity standard is correct. This verification helps to ensure that co-ops and other utilities using the equipment are protected from breaches of their data systems.... ...Full Story
NCCoE Seeks Comments on Mobile Device Security Building Block
NIST Techbeat – October 3, 0214: NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has posted a revised draft of a building block to help enterprises address security issues that result from the use of mobile devices to access company resources. The NCCoE invites the public to comment on the draft. The comment period is open until October 17, 2014.
The NCCoE addresses businesses' most pressing cybersecurity problems with practical, standards-based solutions using commercially available technologies. The NCCoE collaborates with industry, academic and government experts to build modular, open, end-to-end reference designs that are broadly applicable and repeatable.... ...Full Story
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