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US Attention Shifts Away From Chinese Cyber Threats

Sam Curry, Chief Product Officer at Boston-based Cybereason, said that privatization has changed the perception of China as a cybersecurity risk. “I think for a long time, public enemy number one was China, in everyone’s eyes, the government. They were performing hacking on a very large scale,” said Curry. “I think the first meeting with President […]

China big data security whitepaper, UAV digital platform and draft cryptography Law

  China publishes draft measures regulating cross-border transfer of data The Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) published the Draft Assessment Measures for Transferring Personal Data and Important Data to Overseas Countries (the “Draft”) on 11 April 2017 to solicit public opinions. Under the Draft, “Network Operators”, which are defined as the owners or administrators of […]

Hong Kong watchdog to tighten cybersecurity at brokers after hackers steal HK$110m over 18 months

The Securities and Futures Commission will tighten cybersecurity requirements for Hong Kong stockbrokers after 20 hacking attacks over the past 18 months led to investor losses totalling HK$110 million (US$14.2 million), the regulator said on Wednesday. As well as tightening cybersecurity, the market watchdog will also introduce measures to make it easier for foreigners and […]

Australia and China agree to cooperate on cyber security

Australia and China have agreed to enhanced cyber security cooperation following discussions between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs in Sydney on 21 April. This follows Prime Minister Turnbull raising cyber-enabled intellectual property theft issues with Premier […]

China’s draft law highlights information security, national territory awareness

Chinese lawmakers are considering revisions to the surveying and mapping law to protect geographic information security and raise public awareness of national territory. The amended draft was submitted to legislators for a second reading at the bimonthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which runs until Thursday. The revisions deal with the […]

China Expands the Scope of the Data Localisation Requirement under its Cybersecurity Law

On 11 April 2017, the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC) released the draft Security Assessment Measures for Cross-Border Transfer of Personal Information and Important Data (“Draft Measures”). Draft measures and guidelines relating to the Cybersecurity Law (CSL) which was released in November last year, have been expected for a while. The hope has been that […]

Hong Kong firms urged to sharpen focus on cybersecurity

Many private and public organisations in Hong Kong continue to lag in cybersecurity, raising the spectre of potential new breaches as advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and the so-called internet-of-things become mainstream applications in the city, a panel of experts told a forum held by the South China Morning Post on Friday. “It’s already 2017, […]

Notice of the State Internet Information Office on “personal information and important data and exit safety

Notice of the State Internet Information Office on “personal information and important data and exit safety assessment approach (draft)” for public comment To protect personal information and important data security, safeguard cyberspace sovereignty and national security, public interests and promote the free flow of network information according to law and orderly, according to the “National […]

China’s New Guidance Further Restricts the Transfer of Digital Information

Beijing has published a bevy of laws, regulations, and policy statements over the past six months on cyber governance (here, here, and here). Together, they flesh out China’s concern for protecting its “cyberspace sovereignty” (网络空间主权) against foreign interference. Last Tuesday the Cyberspace Administration (a division of the State Council – China’s central executive body) added […]

Interconnected world requires enhanced cyber security

Cyber security has always been an important issue since the internet began to enter people’s lives, and it is even more so now, as the world becomes increasingly connected to form a global cyberspace. In cyberspace, internet users leave their digital footprints that contain personal information. If this falls into the wrong hands through a […]