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01/28/2020
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The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre says Huawei will be allowed to help construct Britain's 5G infrastructure, albeit with limitations. Corporate America is investing in a handful of security tools. And researchers examines Emotet's effect on Berlin. This is CyberScoop for Tuesday, January 28.

Britain will limit, but not ban, Huawei

U.K. officials won’t prohibit the Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei from providing equipment when the country constructs a new 5G wireless internet, a decision that comes after the Trump administration spent more than a year urging Britain to ban Huawei over security concerns. The U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre said Tuesday it will keep Huawei away from providing “sensitive functions” to “core” areas of the network. The government also will prevent equipment networks from purchasing more than 35% of their networking infrastructure from a “high risk vendor” like Huawei. But U.S. officials have warned against allowing Huawei at all, and threatened to withhold key intelligence if that wish isn't granted. Jeff Stone has more context.


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How big business is actually using security tools

In an analysis based on the log-in activity of more than 7,400 customers, identity management firm Okta found that of the 10 fastest-growing apps in the enterprise, five are known at least in part for their security offerings. Adoption of the incident management tool Opsgenie, which alerts developers to possible problems, grew by 194%, while Google Cloud implementation climbed by 108%, Splunk by 102%, KnowBe4 by 89% and Jamf Pro enjoyed an 82% increase. It’s an indication, according to Okta’s findings, that corporate America realizes its most pressing needs in waves. “A few years ago the #1 fastest growing apps — Slack and Zoom — focused on collaboration,” the report’s authors wrote. “Winners from the past two years were security-focused Jamf Pro and KnowBe4. This year, we’re seeing data tools grow quickly.” Jeff has more details.


Bad news for Berlin courts

Hackers used two types of well-known malware — Emotet and Trickbot — to cut through the computer network of Berlin’s high court last fall, likely exfiltrating data in the process. That’s the verdict from an independent forensic report released by German lawmakers Monday. The court handles criminal and terrorism cases with sensitive witness lists, which could be valuable data in the hands of a profit-seeking attacker. Sean Lyngaas had the report.


State security initiative kicks off today

The University of Southern California announced Monday that it is launching a 50-state series of election cybersecurity conferences, aimed at helping election officials, campaign workers and elected officials brush up on their online habits by Election Day. The goal, said Justin Griffin, the managing director of the USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative, is to promote the best cybersecurity practices to several different audiences involved in the democratic process. Each conference will focus on best practices in security, social media propaganda, disinformation and crisis communications. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed is on it.


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