Singapore to Leverage the Global Cyber Alliance’s IoT Threat Analytics Platform

GCA’s Automated IoT Defence Ecosystem provides early warnings on IoT cyberattacks

SINGAPORE and NEW YORK, Oct. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) has announced that it will partner with the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) to leverage the capabilities of GCA’s Automated IoT Defence Ecosystem (AIDE) platform to monitor and address IoT threats and safeguard the cybersecurity of the IoT space. The project will be the first large-scale application of the AIDE platform.

The global number of IoT devices is expected to rise to more than 50 billion by 2030. This presents a huge attack surface for malicious actors, which may lead to consequences like the theft of personal data and the disruption of services using IoT devices as botnet nodes to conduct distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. There is a need to proactively watch for global IoT threats and attack data, so that nations can be better prepared before the next wave of botnet attacks hit their shores.

The IoT threat analytics platform can provide CSA visibility on the types of IoT-related cyber threats that may affect the country’s cyberspace. The insights from the platform allow partners to put in place policies and technical measures to safeguard against threat vectors through the conduit of IoT devices. The result is a better prepared and safer IoT cyberspace.

“The use of IoT devices is growing exponentially. CSA has introduced several initiatives to improve IoT security, including the world’s first multi-level labelling scheme for consumer IoT devices— the Cybersecurity Labelling Scheme. This latest initiative —our partnership with GCA on AIDE— will help us be better prepared against potential IoT attacks. Cybersecurity is a team sport where everyone has a part to play. CSA will continue to work with stakeholders to look for ways in building a more resilient and secure IoT space,” said Mr. David Koh, Commissioner of Cybersecurity and Chief Executive of CSA.

GCA’s AIDE ecosystem is a central component of the project. This large repository of IoT threat intelligence relies on a globally distributed honeyfarm and on data feeds from partners.

According to Mr. Philip Reitinger, President and CEO of GCA, “This is a unique opportunity to increase GCA’s international collaboration and expand our network of partners, from cybersecurity agencies and large internet players to academia and research institutions. This project —and CSA’s support as a whole— is a crucial milestone in our roadmap for the AIDE ecosystem and in our long-term vision on IoT cybersecurity. The fact that this effort is happening in Singapore, a global flagship for technology, will pave the way to expand the initial scope of the project to other international smart cities.”

To learn more about AIDE visit: https://www.globalcyberalliance.org/aide/.

About the Global Cyber Alliance
The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to reducing cyber risk and improving our connected world. We achieve our mission by uniting global communities, implementing concrete solutions, and measuring the effect. GCA, a 501(c)(3) in the US and a non-profit in the UK and Belgium, was founded in September 2015 by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the City of London Police, and the Center for Internet Security. Learn more at www.globalcyberalliance.org.

Contact at GCA:
Alejandro Fernández-Cernuda Díaz
Director of Engagement, Internet Integrity Program
afcernuda@globalcyberalliance.org

Atos becomes 01Talent’s technology partner in Africa to identify, train and connect the digital talent of tomorrow to jobs

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Atos becomes 01Talent‘s technology partner in Africa to identify, train and connect the digital talent of tomorrow to jobs

Praia (Cape Verde) and Paris (France) – October 6, 2021 – Atos and 01Talent announce the launch of a strategic partnership to support the acceleration of the digital transformation in Africa, by enabling the dissemination of a high-quality, innovative and inclusive training program on the continent.

01Talent’s ambition is to identify, train and connect one million high-level developers to the professional world by 2035. Through this partnership, 01Talent will be able to draw on Atos’ technological resources to support the many projects underway.

In order to complete the pan-African campaign designed to identify future digital talent, 01Talent, in partnership with the Didier Drogba Foundation and UCLG Africa (United Cities and Local Governments Africa), will rely on a technological platform developed by Atos to host cognitive tests.

These online tests will be mini-games accessible to all, requiring no prior coding experience. They will provide a measure of the cognitive skills, creativity and motivation of candidates, and to identify high-potential profiles who could not have been spotted by traditional education systems.

The students of the future “Zone01”, selected this way by the tests, will be trained for 2 years to become high-level creative “Full Stack” developers, with a job at stake.

Zone01 Cabo-Verde, will be the first “Zone01” collective intelligence zone on the African continent, and is scheduled to open at Praia Techno Park in Cape Verde, early 2022. 200 young talent from Cape Verde and from 26 other African partner countries will be welcomed in this “Zone01”and will be supplied with laptops by Atos. This first “Zone01” will be the foundation for the deployment of the education program which aims to create more than 200 “Zone01” on the African continent.

Atos will also mobilize its employees around the world through a mentoring program to share expertise and give personal guidance to the students. This will give Atos an opportunity to create ties with Zone01 talent, and to hire many students during and after their training.

It has also been agreed that Atos will develop within the educational platform, a curriculum to improve and develop the skills of its employees, in immersion with the students of the future “Zone01”.

With this partnership, we reaffirm Atos’ ambition to support the dynamics of the economic, social and environmental transformation of the African continent through training in digital skills. 01Talent’s particularly inclusive and innovative educational offer is a concrete expression of this ambition, and we are proud to be able to support its deployment. This is an important step in the development of a digital sector in Africa” commented Nourdine Bihmane, EVP and Director of Growing Markets at Atos.

We are very happy to give life to a partnership that will allow us to support and integrate the most promising digital talents into Atos’ teams. Atos and 01Talent share the same values and the same goal: to develop human capital through an inclusive and sustainable approach in order to facilitate the digital and social transition of the African continent,” adds David Sultan, Vice President of 01Talent in charge of Global Operations.

Atos in Africa is fully mobilized to ensure the success of the student selection campaign and to continue this collaboration over the long term. At a time when the continent is going digital, attracting talent is becoming a major strategic focus for our development,” adds Alpha Barry, Director of Atos in Africa.

After Cape Verde, Atos and 01Talent will develop their partnership with the opening of new “Zone01” on the African continent, in particular in Senegal.

Photo: left to right: David Sultan, Global COO (01Talent); Nourdine Bihmane, EVP and Director of Growing Markets (Atos); Deror Sultan, Co-founder & CEO (01Talent)

About Atos
Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 105,000 employees and annual revenue of over € 11 billion. European number one in cybersecurity, cloud and high performance computing, the Group provides tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to a secure and decarbonized digital for its clients. Atos operates under the brands Atos and Atos|Syntel. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the Next 20 Paris stock index.

The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space. www.atos.net

Press contact:
Laura Fau | laura.fau@atos.net | +33 6 73 64 04 18 | @laurajanefau

About 01Talent
01Talent is both a Talent factory and a Talent agency which aims to identify, develop and connect to the professional world 1 million high-level developers in the world by 2035 through the combination of a proven pedagogical model and a sustainable and exponential business model.

01Talent deploys globally some Centers of Collective Intelligence named Zone01 which include teacherless coding schools, IT Talent Agencies and Digital Reskilling services.
Its curriculum is based on 01Edu, the ultimate upgrade of the “peer-to-peer” (teacherless) and gamified pedagogical approach developed by Nicolas Sadirac and his team, a learning platform designed to address the growing global shortage of IT developers.

This pedagogical model which develops entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and collective intelligence has already been deployed by our co-founder Nicolas Sadirac and his Alumni in more than 40 countries around the world, training more than 100,000 digital Talents in the last 10 years.https://01-edu.org

Contact presse :
Valerie Gagliano | valerie@zone-01.com | +33 6 33 73 24 89 | @valeriegagliano

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House Ratifies Bill Regulating Powers, Responsibilities of Executive Bodies

The House of Peoples’ Representatives of Ethiopia Ratified bill drafted to improve the powers and responsibilities of the executive bodies of the federal government.

The House in its special session today discussed on the draft proclamation in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Members of the house appreciated the bill as it helps to facilitate government activities including economic development by strengthening institutional capabilities of the executive bodies.

During the occasion, Prime Minister Abiy briefed the house the objectives of the bill by addressing questions, comments and suggestions forwarded by the representatives.

After extensive deliberations, the House ratified the proclamation taking in to consideration some of the comments and suggestions forwarded by Members of the Parliament (MPs).

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

House Approves New Cabinet Members

The House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) has approved today a new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The new cabinet was approved by the house with 2 against and 12 abstentions.

The cabinet included leaders of contending political parties.

According to the Prime Minister, the appointment of the ministers was made based on ensuring the participation of contending political parties, work experience, gender, and capability among other things.

The new ministers sworn in before the House of Representatives.

The following are the newly appointed cabinet members.

  1. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen
  2. Minister of Health, Lia Tadesse
  3. Minister of Education, Berhanu Nega
  4. Minister of Revenues, Lake Ayalew
  5. Minister of Finance, Ahmed Shide
  6. Minister of Innovation and Technology, Belete Molla
  7. Minister of Transport and Logistic, Dagmawit Moges
  8. Minister of Peace, Binalf Andualem
  9. Minister of Trade and Regional Integration, Gebrameskel Chala
  10. Minister of Defense, Abraham Belay
  11. Minister of Planning and Development, Fistum Assefa
  12. Minister of Culture and Sport, Qajela Mardasa
  13. Minister of Tourism, Ambassador Nasise Challi
  14. Minister of Mines, Takele Uma
  15. Minister of Works and Skills, Muferiat Kamil
  16. Ministry of Urban and Infrastructure, Chaltu Sani
  17. Minister of Water and Energy, Habtamu Itafa
  18. Minister of Irrigation and Lowland Environment, Aisha Mohammed Mussa
  19. Minister of Women and Social Affairs, Ergoge Tesfaye
  20. Minister of Justices, Gedion Timotios
  21. Minister of Industry, Melaku Alebel
  22. Minister of Agriculture, Umar Hussien

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

PM Abiy Includes Three Competing Political Party leaders New Cabinet

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed included three competing political party leaders in the new cabinet of the federal government of Ethiopia.

The House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) today has approved a new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

According to the Ethiopian Constitution, the Prime Minister has full the power to recruit his cabinet members from the members of two houses or individuals out of the houses whom the PM thinks are capable to be part of the cabinet.

The PM included three competing political party leaders in the 22 members of  his newly formed cabinet.

Accordingly, PM Abiy appointed Prof. Berhanu Nega, Chairman of Ethiopian Citizen for Social Justice appointed as Minister of Education, Belete Molla, Chairperson of National Movement of Amhara (NMA) appointed as Minister of Innovation and Technology and Kejela Merdasa, Vice President of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) appointed as Minister of Culture and Sport.

The objective of this move is to demonstrate possibility of working together for national interest despite political differences, as it is a new trend in Ethiopia, Abiy said during the occasion.

The PM said the major tasks for the newly appointed ministers have to be eradication of corruption and begging as well as work diligently for all of Ethiopians equally.

He also urged all contending and ruling party members of the government to work hand in hand with open mind for one national goal.

It is to be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy had promised his Prosperity Party’s commitment that “political parties which withstood the challenges and participated in the democratic process will be allowed to participate in the strong government we form in September.”

According to scholars approached by ENA, the involvement of competing political parties in the new government will lay foundation for building a strong democracy in Ethiopia.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Promised Nat’l Dialogue Would Promote Unity, End Hostilities among Ethiopians: Residents

All-inclusive national dialogue would stop hostilities that have been fomented by the terrorist TPLF group and promote unity among Ethiopians, according to some residents of Addis Ababa.

In the speech he made upon his appointment, Prime Minister Abiy promised that his government will hold all-inclusive national dialogue encompassing political elites and all sections of the society in the country.

Residents in Addis Ababa told ENA that they welcome the idea to hold all encompassing  national dialogue which enhances reconciliation as it promotes peace and unity.

One of the residents, Mesfin Kebede said the national dialogue would end the unrests and instability in the country.

“I think the national dialogue for reconciliation is critical to the country to end hatred among Ethiopians and replace hostilities with forgiveness. We need to pass to the coming generation a harmonious country where people resolve differences through dialogue,” he added.

Mesfin stated that the national dialogue will further promote the unity and integrity of Ethiopia by eliminating  ethnic related violence in the country.

According to him, ethnocentric politics will not bring anything useful for Ethiopians. It has instead brought about widespread challenges.

Abere Alebachew said on his part holding all-inclusive national dialogue would create national consensus among groups of divergent interests.

National consensus among the Ethiopian people on the other hand will bring sustainable peace and stability that help to attain development and prosperity in the country.

“All-inclusive national dialogue is of paramount importance to realize the ongoing journey towards prosperity. I believe that Ethiopians could attain prosperity, ensure peace and  democracy by working together,” Abere noted.

The other resident, Hailu Tadesse said national dialogue among Ethiopians would enable them to deal with issues of divergent interests and reach consensus thus strengthening Ethiopian nationalism and unity.

He further noted that national dialogue would institutionalize the reform the new government is going to introduce during its tenure time.

Institutionalizing reforms would bring lasting solution for the existing challenges that Ethiopia is currently facing, the resident stated.

Hailu said, “I think the existing challenges, including unemployment, inflation, unrest, and displacement of people could be solved by establishing strong institutions led by professionals. Institutionalization would bring solutions to the many challenges the country could face in the long run.”

He also stressed that the new government needs the support of the public to realize its projects, including the holding of all-inclusive national dialogue that bring healing and reconciliation.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

PM Abiy Stresses Need for African Solutions to Multifaceted Challenges of Continent

The global politics in the post cold war era is shifting towards the formation of tri-polar political nodal points exhibiting alternative socio-political and economic formations that could determine the future of global diplomacy and international relation.

The formation of BRICS constitute a political and economic grouping of countries including Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa undergoing rapid economic development, making up almost half of the world’s population as a viable alternative to the unipolar political hegemony being exercised by the US and her EU allies.

For instance The ASEAN Declaration states that the aims and purposes of the Association are: (1) to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region and (2) to promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries in the region.

Given the formation of such economic entities, African countries should not waste time to show their economic development by coming up with a visible economic and social hub that can promote the sustainable development of the countries in the continent.

In the context of such developments, Africa cannot afford to be an indifferent spectator. The continent has two basic choices either to remain as an appendage of western political and neo-colonial system by remaining in the vicious circle of capitalist peripheral economy or to form its own integrated socio-political order in the spirit of Pan –Africanism and Agenda 2063. This is indeed critical for Africa which has always remained a raw material sources for European and US industries with no meaningful socio-economic development worthy of the name.

In the congratulatory messages that African leaders have voiced during their presence on the inauguration ceremony of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, they focused on three major issues ranging from the role Ethiopia is playing and has to play in the roll out of African socio-economic development, the imperatives of promoting African economic integration and resolution of impending conflicts in Africa in the African way.

The leaders addressed Ethiopia as a “ mother of Africa” in view of the fact that Ethiopia have helped to give birth to the former OAU and its current role as a decisive and active member of the AU. Ethiopia is a peacekeeping force and a pioneer in working towards African economic integration by striving towards becoming a powerhouse for the development of Africa’s manufacturing sector by providing a renewable and cheaper hydropower for East Africa.

The country has already embarked on networking Africa through the Ethiopian Airlines group and has gone far in promoting railway lines and perennial road transport among East African countries. The leaders who attended the inauguration ceremony of Prime Minister Abiy stressed that they “are looking up to Ethiopia to develop the country’s economic development and that of Addis Ababa and Africa.”

Addressing the mammoth gathering at Meskel Square, H.E President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, focused on the basic objectives of the Federal Republic of Somalia and noted “there has never been such a need for visionary leadership. Ethiopia and Somalia are interconnected. We have an objective and ambition for further integration.”

Also speaking on the occasion was H.E President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. Mohammedu Buhari stressed on the role that Ethiopia can play in promoting the economic potential of his country and Africa and said who “Mr. Abiy, Nigeria is a country that looks upon you to unleash the great economic potential of your country and Africa.”

In this competitive world, Africans are expected to compete effectively by deploying their resources and human power to engage in free and sustainable economic development. Already Africa is marred with ethnic based conflicts, terrorism and natural and manmade calamities that have resulted in the displacement of millions of Africans.

Therefore, Africa’s political independence is meaningless unless it is buttressed with free, fair and equitable economic development from which the African population can benefit.

Almost all African countries are endowed with natural resources that can be jointly developed by African countries. Africa has a water tower in Ethiopia, minerals in South Africa, DR Congo, Zambia and others, ports for African maritime trade and a number of resources if adequately used can promote free and independent economic development for Africa.

The inauguration of a new government and cabinet in Ethiopia did not emerge out of the blue nor was it just a normal transfer of power in the country. Some western powers and the US gave themselves the right to interfere into the internal affairs of the country pausing as human rights champions and the custodians of global democracy while in practice for two decades they were clandestinely violating human rights in Afghanistan.

They openly allied with terrorist TPLF who is out to destroy the country through their media companies and their protagonists in the UN systems who were playing politics in the name of providing relief aid for Tigray. They tried to disrupt the 6th National Election in alliance with local forces who were calling for a “transitional government” but Ethiopia once again emerged victorious.

What has happened in Ethiopia over the last three years of reform sets an example for the rest of Africa and the testimonials of the African leaders show that Africa needs to opt for its own continental alternatives instead of following the western pattern of economic development which is based on exploitative neo-colonial objectives.

The leaders of Africa confirmed that Africa needs to come up with its own integrated economic system instead of falling victim to the aid based “development”. Africa, according to the leaders is at the cross roads of choosing the viable alternatives that are geared towards addressing the basic socio-economic challenges the continent is facing.

The recently 29 countries headed by China petitioned the UN with a statement requesting for the curtailment of unilateral sanction within the member countries. Out of this 12 were from Africa indicating that Africans have started to realize the implications of their unity on all international forums and this could indeed be replicated to their united action in fighting off unilateralism and hegemony of actions against less developed countries.

African countries have similar challenges and can resolve these challenges through their united efforts in charting our ways and means as well as applicable strategies for their economic development. They can fight against abject poverty, terrorism, escalation of foreign debt, climate change various pandemics like COVID-19 only if they are engaged in collective efforts at all levels including on all global forums like the UN, COP and UNFCCC and others.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed affirmed at the inaugural ceremony that Ethiopia is committed to work hard to enhance the capacity of the continent in collaboration with the rest of African Countries.

“We Ethiopians firmly believe that we need to strengthen our capacity to produce African solutions to the many natural and manmade challenges we face as a continent. We will work harder than before to carry out our responsibility under the principle of “African solutions to African problems” to create a united, peaceful, and prosperous Africa that protects our continental interests in world stages.”

Africans have more that unites than dived them Abiy said adding that “if we create synergy by pooling together our individual strengths, the challenges we face will pale in comparison to our collective resources.

Ethiopia has already developed a 10 years home grown national economic plan that could all value to the future development of African continental planning process to develop African economies.

It is believed that the attendance of African countries on the recent inauguration ceremony of the premiership of Prime Minister Abiy was not just an ordinary presence on such ceremonies but has also provided an opportunity for the leaders to discuss on various issues related to African socio-economic development. The informal discussions among the leaders have shown their political will to promote African economic integration and political cohesion to provide a better life for Africans.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency