euobserver - Germany has poured cold water on the European Commission's proposal for a stronger EU cybersecurity agency.
A German government agency official said on Tuesday (10 October) at the Cybersec conference in Krakow that EU member states should first focus on implementing the rules that have already been agreed.
"The most important response I would like to give is: 'first comes first'," said Roland Hartmann, head of international relations at the German federal office for information security (BSI).
TechRepublic - Once seen as a stalwart supporter of open source, the city council last week said that running a Linux-based operating system on its PCs would not be cost efficient in the long run.
The city of Munich has suggested it will cost too much to carry on using Linux alongside Windows, despite having spent millions of euros switching PCs to open-source software.
Once seen as a champion of open source, the city council last week said that running a Linux-based operating system on its PCs would not be cost efficient in the long run.
"Today, with a Linux client-centric environment, we are often confronted with major difficulties and additional costs when it comes to acquiring and operating professional application software," the city council told the German Federation of Taxpayers.
Running Linux will ultimately prove unsustainable, suggests the council, due to the need to also keep a minority of Windows machines to run line-of-business software incompatible with Linux.
"In the long term, this situation means that the operation of the non-uniform client landscape can no longer be made cost-efficient."
PublicTechnology - The UK’s minister for government resilience and efficiency Caroline Nokes was among leaders from 32 European countries to sign the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment on Friday.
The document commits all signatory nations to collectively driving digital transformation “at national, regional, and local levels”, as well as in EU institutions, where applicable. All 28 current member states signed the declaration, alongside the European Free Trade Association countries of Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.
The declaration covers the five-year period from now until 2022. During that time, all countries have agreed to work to progress policy along six “action lines”.
Computerworld - The Equifax breach is the latest example of attackers targeting open-source software in the enterprise.
Windows has long been the world’s biggest malware draw, exploited for decades by attackers. It continues today: The Carbon Black security firm analyzed 1,000 ransomware samples over the last six months and found that nearly 99% of them targeted Windows.
That’s not news for IT administrators, of course. But this might be: Linux and other open-source software are emerging as serious malware targets. Several recent highly publicized attacks exploit holes in open-source software that many enterprise admins once considered solidly safe.
New ‘Coalition For Responsible Sharing’ About To Send Millions Of Take-Down Notices To Stop Researchers Sharing Their Own Papers
Techdirt - Glyn Moody - A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a proposal from the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) to introduce upload filtering on the ResearchGate site in order to stop authors from sharing their own papers without "permission". In its letter to ResearchGate, STM's proposal concluded with a thinly-veiled threat to call in the lawyers if the site refused to implement the upload filters. In the absence of ResearchGate's acquiescence, a newly-formed "Coalition for Responsible Sharing", whose members include the American Chemical Society (ACS), Brill, Elsevier, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer, has issued a statement confirming the move:
Following unsuccessful attempts to jointly find ways for scholarly collaboration network ResearchGate to run its service in a copyright-compliant way, a coalition of information analytics businesses, publishers and societies is now left with no other choice but to take formal steps to remedy the illicit hosting of millions of subscription articles on the ResearchGate site.