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Seven people, including Louis Berger officials summoned by ED

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Panaji: Seven people, including Louis Berger officials and one alleged hawala operator were issued summons by The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday.

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The summons were issued in relation with a money laundering case filed in connection with the international bribery scandal involving the global consultancy company alongwith Goa’s politicians and bureaucrats.

Talking to reporters, a senior official of ED said that Satyakam Mohanty, Maladi Shivarama and Sanjay Jindal (former Louis Berger officials), Raichand Soni, an alleged hawala operator and three others were issued summons to appear before ED officials in Goa.

The ED officials have filed an Enforcement Case Investigation Record, following the bribery scandal.

Former Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, along with the then state public works department minister Churchill Alemao and other government officials have been accused of allegedly accepting a $976,630 bribe in 2010 from officials of US-based Louis Berger consultancy firm.

The bribe was allegedly taken to secure implementation rights of a multi-billion dollar water and sewerage project in Goa worth Rs.1,031 crore funded by the Japan International Co-Operation Agency (JICA), cleared in 2010 by a Congress-led coalition government.

While Alemao has been arrested, Kamat is currently out on anticipatory bail.

Soni, Mohanty and now former JICA director Anand Wachasundar have already been arrested by the Goa Police Crime Branch which is investigating the bribery case.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Cyber Threat Landscape To Worsen In 2020

90% organisations believe that cyber threat landscape will worsen in 2020

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90 per cent of organisations believe the cyber threat landscape will stay the same or worsen in 2020. Pixabay

With the perpetually shifting threat landscape, over 90 per cent of organisations believe the cyber threat landscape will stay the same or worsen in 2020 while 51 per cent of organisations do not believe they are ready for or would respond well to a cyber attack or breach, a new report by US-based cyber security firm FireEye said on Tuesday.

FireEye’s “Cyber Trendscape” report surveyed over 800 Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and other senior executives across North America, Europe and Asia to uncover attitudes towards some of cyber security’s most prevalent topics.

“Our new ‘Cyber Trendscape’ report highlights the overall beliefs and perceptions of senior leaders regarding top cyber security priorities for 2020 and beyond as well areas where they differ across the globe,” Eric Ouellet, Global Security Strategist at FireEye, said in a statement.

“These critical data points will help organisations to bring focus and clarity to their cyber security programmes, while helping to expand the dialogue with senior leadership and the board,” Oullet added.

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The cyber threat landscape will worse in 2020. Pixabay

According to the report, 29 per cent of organisations with cyber attack and breach response plans in place have not tested or updated them in the last 12 months or more.

Globally, organisations allocated their cyber security budgets into four main categories with the largest allocations going to the areas of prevention (42 per cent) and detection (28 per cent), followed by containment and remediation.

However, Japan was the only country to break away from this order, expressing a greater emphasis on detection (40 per cent) and then prevention (35 per cent).

Notably, 44 per cent global respondents expressed having transitioned some of their environment to the Cloud, and that they were monitoring cautiously.

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Additionally, 35 per cent had transitioned some of their environment with plans to continue, and 17 per cent had completed a full Cloud deployment. US organisations reported being furthest along in adopting a Cloud-first approach with 37 per cent having finished a complete Cloud migration. (IANS)