By Andréa Barreto / Diálogo June 25, 2019 NATO uses software that the Brazilian Cyber Defense Command selected and will be implemented jointly in 10 partner nations. A strategic tool for cyber protection is currently undergoing the testing phase. The Malware Information Sharing Platform (MISP) is an online tool used to share information on virtual threats. Member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization already use the software that will be implemented in Brazil and nine other countries under the Ibero-American Cyber Defense Forum. “This is a very important tool that allows for information exchange, for instance, about a specific cyber device, a virus, identified in a certain network,” said Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) Lieutenant Colonel Walbery Nogueira de Lima e Silva, a Cyber Defense Command (ComDCiber) General Staff officer. “We can share its characteristics, its use, and how to update software to prevent a virus from activating and working, etc.” ComDCiber is a joint command, part of the EB structure, operating as a central agency of the military cyber defense system. The institution was responsible for coordinating the III Ibero-American Cyber Defense Forum, in Brasília, April 15-17, 2019. About 30 representatives from the cyber sector of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, and Brazil participated. An agreement on the use of MISP was among the outcomes of the meeting. The agreement was recorded in the letter of intent members of the forum signed at the conclusion of the event. “We are in the planning phase, defining conditions for the tool’s use in each country. We will then move into the implementation phase, followed by the information sharing phase,” said Lt. Col. Walbery, adding that the go-live date for MISP has yet to be determined. Doctrine, training, and education The Ibero-American Cyber Defense Forum was established in 2016 to share experiences between the armed forces of partner nations and to strengthen combat initiatives in the cyberthreat field. The first forum was held in Spain in 2016, and the second edition took place in Argentina, in 2018. Chile will be the host country for the April 2020 event. Meanwhile, EB Lieutenant General Guido Amin Naves, head of ComDCiber, serves as the forum pro tempore secretary. As such, Brazil oversees the agenda participants of the forum created. The schedule includes recurrent video conferences to execute agreements made during this year’s meeting. At the three-day event, service members discussed doctrine matters to facilitate the development of joint cyber operations. They also addressed training, with a special focus on two exercises: the Ibero-American Cyber Defense Forum Exercise II and Cyber Guardian 2.0. The first exercise is directly related to the forum, with the participation of all 10 countries, but the date has yet to be determined. The second is a training coordinated by ComDCiber. The event will take place in July, in Brasília, and was conducted for the first time in 2018. Members of the forum were invited to participate as visitors. The Cyber Guardian exercise brings service members and civilians together to encourage the development of collaborative solutions to promote cyber protection. “Cybernetics has the characteristic of viewing society as a whole, regardless of physical borders. In this sense, ComDCiber considers the increase of collaborative action, which involves gathering the government, defense, private sector, and academic community in a national effort for cyber protection, as being highly important,” Lt. Col. Walbery said. Education was also a topic at the forum. Participants shared ideas on exchange, internship, and course attendance among member countries. The National Cyber Defense School in Brazil, for instance, offers periodic courses. The institution, founded in February 2019, is temporarily located at ComDCiber and will eventually have its own headquarters. The school started operations before its official inauguration, and has already trained 1,200 people through various courses. “Our goal is to train people to operate complex systems,” said EB Colonel Edson Ribeiro dos Santos Junior, a ComDCiber General Staff officer.
News emerged out of Paris last week that Brazilian full back, Dani Alves, had penned a two-year deal with Paris Saint Germaine on a free transfer from Juventus.The acquisition of the 34-year-old active legend, meant Ivorian international defender, Serge Aurier was deemed surplus to requirement at the capital club. Head coach, Unai Emery now has three right backs at his disposal and it only makes sense for the Spaniard to trim his squad, Aurier the likely fall guy in this equation.Last season, he made 21 Ligue 1 appearances following the arrival of Belgium international defender Thomas Meunier, who instantly rivalled him, becoming a firm fan favourite with his professional approach on-and-off the pitch.So, what exactly could be the factors, crimes working against Aurier’s future at PSG? The player is largely seen in numerous quarters as another Mario Balotelli and he should be swiftly and properly enlightened on the dangers of emulating the evil antics of his ‘Mentor’, if he is to have a successful career at the top level, like it was projected when he hit global limelight at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Aurier arrived PSG on loan 2014/15 from Toulouse, instantly slotting in with ease into the first team despite competition from Gregory van der Wiel. His troubles started that season, when side lined in the UEFA Champions League Quarter-final game against Chelsea, he accused referee Bjorn Kuipers of bias, calling him a ‘dirty son of a bitch’ on a video posted on Facebook.Despite his apologies, he was handed a three match ban by UEFA which he duly served. After completing a permanent transfer to PSG, 2015/16 season, the demons yet again possessed Aurier, who this time around fired shots within the team, a cardinal sin in football circles.The Ivorian international, in company of friends in a private meeting was recorded launching attacks at Angel Di Maria, who had just arrived the club a few months ago. He described the Argentine international as a ‘Clown’, suggested Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unduly favoured and he completely went overboard referring to Coach Laurent Blanc as a “Fiotte” (a homophobic slur).He was duly suspended from the first team, relegated to train with the reserve squad. Just a few weeks after been pardoned, he proved to be a Leopard who would never change. Aurier was reported to have assaulted a police officer outside a night club in Paris. He was subsequently found guilty of the offence, a decision which proved one-too-many at a global brand like PSG.It appears the club have taken the decision to cut their losses, leaving him out of pre-season tour, amid talk of a potential £20million transfer to Manchester United. Perhaps the player needs to be spoken to and warned in clear terms, ahead of the move to the Premier League giants. Any furhter misbehaviour will potentially lead to the end of a once promising career.He should take a cue from the likes of Mario Balotelli, Joey Barton who all became ‘Losers’ at such a young age, throwing away glittering careers. The aforementioned are Europeans, while Aurier is a black African, whose excesses obviously wouldn’t be tolerated.RelatedSerge Aurier Close To £23m Tottenham Move, Passes Medical And Granted Work PermitAugust 30, 2017In “England”US Tour: Ivorian Star Aurier, 2 Others Left Out Of PSG’s Travelling PartyJuly 16, 2017In “Europe”Done Deal: Tottenham Announce The Signing Of Serge Aurier From PSGAugust 31, 2017In “England” read more
Having completed his trip to England to meet up with a number of Ghanaian internationals playing in the various divisions there, Black Stars head coach, C.K Akonnor has travelled to Belgium where he met Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany.Akonnor was also allowed to observe the club’s training session.CK Akonnor with Vincent KompanyThe Black Stars boss also spent some time with youngsters Francis Amuzu, Jeremy Doku and Elisha Owusu who are eligible to play for the national team.Akonnor’s trip around Europe is part of an attempt to familiarise himself with potential Black Stars players as he tries to build a squad for Ghana’s AFCON 2021 and World Cup 2022 Qualifiers.He met the Ayew brothers; Andre and Jordan Ayew as well as Crystal Palace player, Jeff Schlupp earlier in the year.He also watched Christian Atsu play in Newcastle’s FA Cup Replay against Oxford before dropping in on Daniel Amartey at Leicester.It is, as yet, unclear where C.K Akonnor will be heading next. read more
“For example, when I was his coach in AAU, we never lost. He’s got it all. He’s (7-2), can shoot, dribble, can pass. Nobody really knows it because he was always hurt.” Bol was projected as a preseason top-five pick and was one of just 20 players invited to the Green Room but his draft stock took a hit thanks to a season-ending injury he sustained after playing just nine games with the Ducks.Reports surfaced leading up to the draft that Bol and his agent were against sharing his medical records with teams. This reportedly turned off a number of franchises.Bol said he’s back to full health and has even returned to the court recently.”My foot is 100 percent healed. I just recently started getting back on the court like a month ago, and I’ve slowly just been doing workouts,” he said, via ESPN. “My plan is hopefully play this season, but it’s up to my team if they want to just focus on me getting stronger.”Bol averaged 21 points and 9.6 rebounds as a Duck and shot 52 percent from 3-point range in his time at Oregon.While it’s hard to judge the full extent of what Bol can do after just nine games, O’Neal is putting his money on this big man. See O’Neal’s full interview with Complex here: He eventually ended up with the Nuggets. But before any of this happened, O’Neal backed the 7-2 center as his hypothetical franchise star.”I don’t even think I go with Zion,” O’Neal said in a pre-draft interview. “Believe it or not, I’d go with Bol Bol. Him and Shareef (O’Neal) are friends and I’ve seen the potential what this kid can do. Related News NBA Draft 2019: Bol Bol slips to second round, eventually ends up with Nuggets NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson wasn’t selected to be Pelicans’ ‘savior’ NBA Draft 2019: Bol Bol aims to ‘prove everybody wrong’ after fall from first round Forget the No. 1 pick, Shaquille O’Neal would rather build a team around this year’s No. 44 pick.After Zion Williamson was not-so-shockingly selected by the Pelicans as the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Bol Bol out of the University of Oregon surprisingly fell into the second round. read more