More than Quantum: Quantum Breakthroughs in Australia Edition

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September 15, 2017

In our third issue of “More than Quantum,” we’re looking at quantum breakthroughs in Australia, a secure microkernel in a KVM switch that’s offering spy-grade app virtualization, new cybersecurity regulations in New York, and much more. We hope you find these informational, and if you have any future recommendations, please get in touch!

Australian scientists just made a quantum internet breakthrough

Thanks to a team of researchers at Australian National University, we’re now one significant step closer to the reality of a quantum internet. The team has worked out how to dramatically improve the storage time of telecom-compatible quantum memory. So what does this mean? The breakthrough could enable a global telecommunications network with the ability to harness the unpredictable properties of quantum mechanics.

[ via Gizmodo]


Secure microkernel in a KVM switch offers spy-grade app virtualization

In other Australian news, researchers from the Defence Science and Technology Group and think tank Data61 have created a new system for application publishing that puts an ARM CPU and secure microkernel into a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) switch. The tech will prove especially useful for workers in secure environments who tend to run more than one PC, ensuring that the data is kept safe at all times, and doesn’t move between applications.

[via The Register]


New cyber security regulations now in force in New York

In case you missed it, the state of New York introduced a new set of regulations earlier this year that requires banks, insurance companies and other financial services entities to create and maintain cybersecurity programs that meet specific standards. From now on, these companies are required to have an appointed CISO, a written cybersecurity policy, and a fully funded and staffed cybersecurity program.

[via eSecurity planet]


UK firms unprepared for cyberattacks: survey

In a new survey from the British government, it was found that more than “two-thirds of the boards of Britain’s 350 biggest companies have not been trained to deal with cyberattacks.” Unfortunately, a separate report also found that there are still many companies struggling to implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect next year.

[via Politico]


True Random Stories

Here is a “true random” story that doesn’t quite fit into the data security realm, but still caught our attention.

Equifax had ‘admin’ as login and password in Argentina

Everyone has been talking about credit report provider Equifax lately, and it looks like the news isn’t going anywhere quickly. The company is now being accused of a new data security issue, this time affecting its Argentine operations, after blogger Brian Krebs reported that a new breach gave access to records that included thousands of customers’ national identity numbers. This comes on the heels of another breach that affected millions in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

[via BBC]