IEEE Global Internet Policy Monitor

15 February 2017 — In the UK this week, Ciaran Martin the head of the National Cyber Security Centre has stated that 188 serious cyber attacks have been identified in the past three months, with tens of thousands successfully blocked in the past year.

In France, President Hollande has requested a full briefing on the Government’s current activity to protect this years Presidential election. The request follows notable outbursts by Independent candidate Emmanuel Macron, who has accused Russia of interference...


8 February 2017 — The EU has moved closer to allowing cross-border portability for online subscriptions across the European Union. The move is seen as the first step towards the Digital Single Market by modernising and harmonising EU copyright rules.

A report from UK Members of Parliament has heavily criticized the UK’s approach to cybersecurity, citing an “Alphabet soup” worth of agencies for inconsistencies in the UK’s defences…


1 February 2017 — Following a cyber attack on senior politicians in the Czech Republic, the government has made public their suspicion of Nation-state involvement in the hack. The complex malware is believed to have affected the country for several months, with Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek hinting at Russia’s possible involvement.

Donald Trump has this week issued an executive order reducing the data privacy protections of foreigners...


25 January 2017 — The US Army has this week announced that the “Hack the Army” bug bounty scheme has revealed 118 vulnerabilities during its three week time span.

In China this week the Government has announced a new crack down on internet access, as attempts are made to shore up the “Great Firewall”. The new restrictions will target VPN services and other unauthorized connections that attempt to get around Chinese censors...


18 January 2017 — Security researchers have this week uncovered a hacking attack on the energy network of Ukraine. In a repeat of last year’s attack the country was left without power during its coldest month – December.

Elsewhere in Europe this week a new survey by job site Indeed has revealed that the Republic of Ireland posts the second most vacancies for cybersecurity roles in the world…


11 January 2017 — In Europe this week, Andrus Ansip Commission Vice President has stated that he will continue to hold the portfolio for the EU’s digital economy on a temporary basis. Mr Ansip has stated that there is no guarantee that Bulgaria will receive the digital economy portfolio once their new Commissioner is appointed.

The British Parliament has launched an inquiry into the UK’s cyber-security defences following concerns for the role of Russian hackers in American elections…


4 January 2017 — In the UK, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has completed its review of cyber risk management and found that there is no need to expand cyber security regulation further than the existing, General data protection regulation.

In other European cyber security news, the Czech National Cyber-Security Centre is to build a new headquarters and increase staff numbers by a factor of 10…


7 December 2016 — This week a new survey of global cyber security professionals has found that confidence has dropped to 70% from 82% in the same survey 12 months ago. The drop in confidence is believed to be due to decreasing ability to identify cyber threats globally.

Elsewhere the impact of increased investigative powers for the FBI have extended across the Atlantic as cloud storage companies storing US data abroad or UK data in the US can now be investigated…


21 December 2016 — The Italian banking sector have come together to create a specialised Certfincybersecurity response team. The team will help to protect the country’s financial sector, whilst developing new methods to combat evolving hacker technology.

In the UK defence contractor BAE Systems has announced that it will allocate a third of its incoming graduate class to its cyber security department. The move was allegedly prompted by a survey of business heads who emphasised their cyber security concerns…


14 December 2016 — The EU’s advisor on cyber security has this week warned that the European Union is unprepared for a major cyberattack in any of the member states. Mr Helmbrecht has stated that the EU has not learnt enough lessons from the 2007 cyber attack that crippled Estonia for three weeks, stating that governance issues had not been improved.

Companies across the EU have begun to test the EU’s net neutrality laws through the introduction of zero-rated data products. While the EU legislated on net neutrality in April, the enforcement guidelines issued by EU regulator BEREC allow for deviations amongst national regulators…


30 November 2016 — The importance of cybersecurity struck home in the EU this week after the European Commission was targeted in a DDoS attack. Over the course of 24th November several attacks targeted the EU’s main website and network gateways, leaving staff unable to work. However no data is believed to have been stolen.

In the UK, plans for the first National College of Cyber-Security have been announced. The College would be situated at Bletchley Park, the UK’s code breaking headquarters during WWII and would cater to gifted 16-19 year olds…


23 November 2016 — Divisions within the EU member states have become widely apparent this week as 5 members called on the EU to introduce rules on encryption across the union. Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Poland and Hungary want the new law to allow investigators access to encrypted data and access to data outside their jurisdictions.

Following a review by the Cyber Readiness Index Italy has received low marks for defence and crisis response amongst others whilst scoring higher marks for its overall national strategy…


16 November 2016 — This week a new survey of IT Professionals in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa has found that 95% of IT professionals view cybersecurity as the most important skill for the job market in 2017.

Elsewhere the chief security officer at Facebook has revealed at a Web summit in Lisbon, that the social media company has adopted the practice of buying up alleged stolen passwords from the dark web, in order to crossreference them with Facebook’s records…


9 November 2016 — The US-EU Privacy shield has hit a further obstacle this week with the introduction of a second legal suit from two French internet rights associations. The major concern of the two groups is the limited protections for EU citizens with the agreement only creating an oversight body for American Businesses.

 Elsewhere in the EU, national telecoms regulators have fought back against attempts by the Commission to create a new EU wide telelcoms regulator that would amalgamate existing national bodies. This new attempt marks the latest in a succession of moves by the Commission to create a regulatory body over which they could hold a final veto power on issues like net neutrality


2 November 2016 — In the EU this week the US-EU Privacy shield hit a new obstacle with the launch of a legal challenge by civil liberties group Digital Rights Ireland. The challenge is based on concerns for privacy and has been lodged in the European Court of Justice’s lowest court.

Elsewhere the Romanian Education Ministry has announced plans to introduce cybersecurity subjects to children as young as 11 in order to build up the country’s pool of cyber security experts…