Facebook and Cybersecurity

Facebook to Homeland Security, Topics in the Airwaves

Every week there seems to a myriad of cybersecurity and related crimes hitting the airwaves. Today we are covering three stories that might interest you – everything from Facebook to Homeland Security. Cybersecurity is a national issue and affects every person from your kid playing with your tablet to government offices around the world.

Facebook Takes a Stand

This week Facebook announced that content that references conflict or tragedy, that disparages groups, people, or causes, that is violent, adult, or contains drug or alcohol use will no longer be allowed to be monetized. This is a huge step in stopping the profits generated from fake news and offensive content. Facebook wants content creators to earn money, but not at the expense of others. Recently Facebook has introduced various monetization options that content creators can use including Branded Content and Instant Articles. They want to provide clear guidelines though on what can and cannot be monetized on their platform.

No Deal with China

U.S. officials blocked a Chinese company from purchasing Lattice Semiconductor, which is a chipmaker based in the United States. National security was the primary reason given for denying the acquisition. The secondary reason was just as compelling as U.S. officials feared that China could tamper with specific components that are bound for U.S. tech products. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), reviews foreign investments that could be a concern for national security and advised against the purchase. This is only the fourth time in history that the White House has blocked a CIFUS transaction.

Kaspersky Labs Software to be Removed

This was a big week for U.S. government officials and cybersecurity. The Secretary of Homeland Security issued an order that requires any and all software produced from Kaspersky Labs to be removed from all government systems within 90 days. There has been no concrete evidence that Kaspersky Labs is garnering information for Russian intelligence, but the U.S. is not open to taking that chance. Kaspersky’s Founder Eugene Kaspersky denies any inappropriate conduct. At a time when both sides are pointing fingers, this order by Homeland Security was not all that unexpected.