Weekly News Update

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces the federal government's Cyber Security Strategy at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, April 21, 2016. Credit: © Reuters/Dean Lewins/AAP


Serbia:  Serb paramilitary veterans of the Bosnian war are reported to have been part of mercenary units aiding Russian troops in Syria, after also being paid to do battle for pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/bosnian-serb-fighters-mercenary-path-to-syria-04-22-2016#sthash.EKFLpmhb.dpuf


USA: Throughout the country, the Transportation Security Administration may soon be turning their duties over to private security companies. So far, private security personnel monitor at least 22 airports in major cities like San Francisco and Kansas City. The latest airport to replace the TSA with private security is the Punta Gorda Airport in Florida: http://www.infowars.com/private-security-firm-to-replace-inefficient-tsa-at-florida-airport/


According to the International Maritime Organisation’s officials, security enables sustainable maritime development, which in turn contributes to improved and sustainable economic development and is of great benefit to a country as a whole: http://guardian.ng/business-services/new-approach-critical-to-maritime-security/  


Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) announces its voluntary liquidation on Monday 18 April due to becoming financial unsustainable.  Piracy on the high seas is declining, resulting in business challenges for private maritime security companies:  http://qz.com/664036/piracy-on-the-high-seas-is-on-the-decline-and-so-is-the-anti-piracy-industry/  


India: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar asked naval commanders to ensure maritime security in the Indian Ocean. The Minister stated that the region “is becoming a region of high activity, not necessarily activity that are a risk to our security but they could become a risk”: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Ensure-maritime-security-in-Indian-Ocean-region-Parrikar/articleshow/51929492.cms


Australia: The country set out a far-reaching cybersecurity strategy on Thursday 21 April, invoking the leaks of United States whistleblower Edward Snowden, terrorism and even the threat of war to push for a coordinated global approach to protection of online data: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-australia-idUSKCN0XI09U


Israel: With more research and development investment per capita than nearly all other nations, the small Near East country attracted 10 percent of the world's venture capital for cybersecurity startups and is imposing its cybersecurity hub as role model: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_29787586/colorado-wants-duplicate-israels-success-cybersecurity