Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cyber Espionage's Three-Legged Stool Dilemma


Cyber espionage is a worldwide multi-billion dollar problem for every technologically advanced nation; even the ones that the U.S. traditionally considers its adversaries (Russia and China). 

Think of it as a stool with three legs: Targets (High Value Technologies), Actors (both State and non-State), and Defenses (ways that we can protect those HVTs). 

The reason why companies and government agencies continue to lose their expensive HVTs to their rivals and adversaries is that their three legged stool is missing one or more of its legs. It's really as simple as that.

At Suits and Spooks DC (January 11-12, 2017) we'll take a deep dive into how governments and corporations need to assess these three components by discovering answers to the following questions:

What are the most valuable technologies of 2017 and beyond?
Which threat actors are targeting those technologies, and how?
How can you best defend your technologies against those threat actors?

Day one will address the first two questions while day two will showcase about a dozen companies whose focus is defending against acts of cyber espionage.

Seats are limited to no more than 100 people. Register today and save 60%.

If you have a topic in mind that you think would be a good fit for our event, send over a title, abstract, and your bio. Our current speakers include Dr. David Bray (CIO at the FCC) and Lewis Shepherd (formerly with Microsoft and the Defense Intelligence Agency).

If you work for a cyber security company and would like to be considered for a 15 minute slot on day two to showcase your product for our government and corporate attendees, contact me at your earliest opportunity. We're only going to feature 12 companies.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Attend Our Counterterrorism Workshop on March 29 in Washington DC

ISIL, aka ISIS or The Daesh, has claimed responsibility for yesterdays suicide bomber attacks in Brussels which targeted transportation hubs. 

Government and corporate employees are invited to attend Taia Global's one­ day workshop on Terrorism, Technology and the Law in Washington D.C. on March 29th. 

You'll join a small group of government and military employees, information security professionals, and international lawyers at the Waterview Conference Center for a full day of briefings and discussions on how technology is a force­multiplier for terrorists, how the laws of warfare are being changed due to technology, and most importantly, how to weigh courses of action while bypassing cognitive and emotional traps. 

Use coupon code SAVE30 in the next 48 hours and save $30 on the $179 registration fee (only $149).  

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Do Your High Value Assets Match Russia or China's?

If you want to know what the Chinese and Russian governments consider valuable, just follow the R&D money.

Our linguist/researchers have been busy building the world's first and only commercial R&D database which up until now has been accessible only via our Redact™ search engine so that you can tell if your high value digital assets are at risk.

As of today, you can purchase our entire Russia and China catalog of R&D entities with descriptions of thousands of currently funded projects for your company or agency's internal use.
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Download our Russia catalog and our China catalog for more details. Contact us for pricing.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

An Exclusive Opportunity To Look Inside China's Plan To Become A Tech Power

Whether we in the West like it or not, the People's Republic of China is continuing to achieve rapid technological growth in a growing number of areas thanks in part to its smart use of Five Year Plans, increased spending on research and development, and technology acquisition through a variety of means from foreign companies.

Reuters reports that China aims to boost its R&D spending for its 13th Five Year Plan to 2.5% of GDP compared to 2.1% during the period of 2011-2015. According to Indicators 2016"China is now the second-largest performer of R&D, accounting for 20 percent of global R&D as compared to the United States, which accounts for 27 percent."

The following are some of the overarching initiatives of China's 13th Five Year Plan and some of the Chinese research institutions and state key labs working on those issues.

If your company is working on parallel technologies to those being funded by the Chinese (or Russian) government as part of its strategic technology initiatives, it's not enough to just know the broad topics (even though some cyber security companies want you to think so). You need to know the specifics. Only Taia Global uses human linguist/researchers to discover what those specifics are and makes them searchable in a custom-built search engine.

We want as many companies as possible to try out our Redact™ R&D search engine for one month without any obligation. To that end we have lowered the price of a one month subscription from $499/mo to just $99.  Use discount code MAR2016 at checkout.

Agricultural Modernization
Development Research Center of the State Council

Industrial Planning and Optimization
Development Research Center of the State Council
Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University

Urbanization
Development Research Center of the State Council
Guiyang University

Internet
State Key Laboratory of Software Development Environment
Institute of Information System and Engineering, School of Software, Tsinghua University
Aerospace Software Engineering Research Center, School of Computer Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology
Information Security Technology, Institute of Computer Science & Technology, Peking University
Network Technology Research Center, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Institute of Aerospace Information Technology, School of Aerospace Engineering, Tsinghua University
Information Security Research Centre, Southeast University

Economic Governance
Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
Development Research Center of the State Council
State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing
State Key Laboratory of Software Development Environment

Innovation-driven Development Strategy
Development Research Center of the State Council

Coordinated Regional Development
Development Research Center of the State Council
Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Innovation Social Governance
Development Research Center of the State Council
University of Science and Technology of China: College of Computer Science and Technology

Economic and National Defense Construction
National Defense Technology, Key Laboratory of Shockwave and Detonation Physics (Laboratory of Shock and Detonation (LSD)), China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP)
Aerospace Software Engineering Research Center, School of Computer Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology
Information Security Theory and Technology Research Laboratory, School of Computer Science and Technology, Southwest University of Science and Technology
China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP)
Jilin University
Guiyang University

Education and Health
Aerospace Software Engineering Research Center, School of Computer Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology
China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP)
Guiyang University
Department Basic Medical, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University

Ecological Environment
Tianjin University
State Key Laboratory of Advanced Metals and Materials

Strategy and Security
State Key Laboratory of Software Development Environment
State Key Laboratory of ASIC and Systems
Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University
Institute of Information System and Engineering, School of Software, Tsinghua University
Information Security Technology, Institute of Computer Science & Technology, Peking University
National Research Center for Information Technology Security
Information Security Theory and Technology Research Laboratory, School of Computer Science and Technology, Southwest University of Science and Technology
Information Security Research Centre, Southeast University
University of Science and Technology of China: College of Computer Science and Technology
China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP)
Jilin University

Included in your trial subscription is the ability to search R&D projects not just in China but also in Russia, South Korea, and France. Learn more about Taia Global and our Redact™ and OverWatch™ products at our website.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Two Rare Gifts For The Next 20 People Who Register for Suits and Spooks DC 2016

Suits and Spooks DC 2016 is now less than two weeks away and I'd like to make it our best attended event in the five years since I founded this security forum. To that end, I'm giving away two rare gifts for the next 20 people who register for a full two day pass ($599 for Industry; $499 for Gov't and Academia).

The first gift is an autographed and personalized 2nd edition copy of my book Inside Cyber Warfare (O'Reilly Media, 2011). The Russia section alone has been praised by Russia and China cyberwarfare expert Lt. Col. Timothy Thomas as containing unique material not found anywhere else.

The second gift is a 2011 Plank Holder Challenge Coin issued at our very first Suits and Spooks event at Facebook's old loft space in Palo Alto. The flip side of the coin says "PLANK HOLDER - SUITS AND SPOOKS 2011 - Palo Alto, CA".

This offer will end once we sell out so act today and pick up your book and challenge coin at the event on Feb 11-12 at the National Press Club.

Full details on the agenda and speakers as well as your registration options are at www.suitsandspooks.com.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3: A Collaboration Between Dreamworks and China's State Council

Kung Fu Panda 3 opens simultaneously in the U.S. and China on Jan 29th to high hopes by Dreamworks Animation and Oriental Dreamworks, which is a joint venture formed with China Media Capital and Shanghai Media Group. A test run of two screenings at various Chinese theaters last weekend yielded an impressive $6.5 million, and January 29th is a coveted opening date in China due to its proximity to the Chinese New Year and Valentines Day.

The Shanghai Media Group is a State-run organization, and animation is a strategic technology that has its own Five-Year Plan. The following is a high level overview from the 12th Five Year plan (2011-2015):
  • Guiding the production of original animation creation
  • Creating a system to make innovation profitable
  • Promoting the balanced development of the animation industry
  • Advancing the technical innovation ability of the animation industry
  • Implementing the strategy for key enterprises and major projects
  • Strengthening talent support
  • Facilitating the animation industry to “go global”
  • Enhancing the international cooperation of the animation industry
  • Encouraging the animation industry to “go global”
  • Safeguarding measures including increasing financial input to the industry, protecting intellectual property, and improving investing and financing policies
China's emphasis on improving its animation production facilities is a double-edged sword for foreign companies. On the one hand, it gives foreign animation companies like Dreamworks (NASDAQ: DWA) or Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) hard-to-get access to China, which is arguably the most important market in the world. On the other hand, it gives China access to the foreign company's intellectual property through overt technology transfer that happens when foreign companies hire Chinese engineers who eventually leave the foreign company and take their newly found skills to a Chinese animation company. There is also covert technology acquisition which can occur through hacking and other secretive means.

One reason why the Chinese government is so enthusiastic about animation is that it serves the Chinese Communist Party's propaganda function. Song Lei, an expert in the subject and a former employee of China's Ministry of Culture wrote a blog post about Japan and America's use of animation as propaganda (machine translation):
"Of course. Japanese anime serve as propaganda in postwar Japan an important role in East Asian countries have large numbers of young people are fond of Japanese anime, there are tens of thousands of Chinese students learning Japanese because the Japanese anime away every year, the book in Japanese scholars Endo reputation , also devoted to the "knowledge-Japanese" and "Hari clan" generation. American animation also with its strong capital in the world to promote their liberty, equality of the world, the US-centered values, as well as a variety of American superheroes."
Later in the post Song writes that in comparison to Japan and America, China's animation propaganda has just started and the quality is relatively low. This is at least partly why foreign film and animation companies will find open arms in China, at least until China's ambitions in this area have been achieved. When that happens I predict that access to China's market will tighten considerably for those same foreign firms.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

7 Reasons Not To Miss Suits and Spooks DC This Year


#7: The Rise of Global Terrorism

Engage in a discussion about the evolution and expansion of terrorism by the Islamic State with CIA and DOD experts Mark Kelton and Dave Kilcullen.

#6:  Are Commercial Airlines Safe From Hacking

Should you be worried about hackers interfering with the control systems of commercial aircraft? What safety measures are in place to keep that from happening? Jim Vasatka, the Director of Aviation Security at Boeing will answer your questions in a special CLOSED TO THE PRESS briefing.

#5: Is The Cyber Security Industry Over-Valued

Should you invest in the cyber security industry or is the industry vastly over-valued? Niloo Howe, Elad Yoran, and other VCs will share their thoughts.

#4: How Do Adversaries Track U.S. Executives Overseas

Are you an executive who frequently travels overseas? Learn how foreign agents can target you through your mobile device's electronic signature and other means. A retired Navy SOF Chief will walk you through it.

#3: How Can Your Company Do Business In High Risk Countries Without Losing Its IP

If you work for a multinational corporation, learn how your company can do business in high risk nations and not lose your intellectual property to foreign governments or criminal hackers. Panelists: Jody Westby, Joel Brenner, and Jeffrey Carr

#2: How Are Criminals Using Digital Currencies

Hear Will Gragido explain what digital currencies are, how criminals are using them, and whether you should be concerned.

#1: What Legal Regimes Control Cyber Warfare, And How Are They Changing

Listen to NATO, DOD, and legal scholars (Eneken Tikk-Ringas, Gary Brown, and Catherine Lotrionte) debate the legal ramifications of digital attacks against civilian infrastructure and how that may change the way that warfare is conducted.

Only 30 seats remaining. Grab yours today.