Last updated 07:30, March 20 2017
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Adele performs in the first of her two shows at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. Adele provided fans at her last Australian concert with a moment just as memorable as her music when she stopped the show to lecture a security guard. The British singer broke the crowd record at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium for the second night running on Sunday, drawing in 77,300 fans as she wrapped up her tour down under.
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The Grammy winner heads to New Zealand next, with shows at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Just before we go to the next song .. . excuse me, sir ? I know you work here, but could you stop telling people to sit down?” Adele said, catching the guard’s attention.
“This is a music show . If people can’t see, then they can stand up . And if you’re moaning about people dancing, then what the f**k have you come to a show for?
“If I see one more person get told to sit down, I swear to God.” The dressing down wasn’t the only unusual highlight for fans, with an unplanned proposal also taking place after Adele invited a man and his partner on stage after she saw him crying during her rendition of Hello.
Adele heads to New Zealand next, with shows at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. – Stuff
Donald Trump1 has picked HR McMaster to be his national security adviser, replacing Michael Flynn, who was ousted only 24 days into the job. Lieutenant General McMaster2, a serving general, is a highly regarded military veteran with experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he served as senior adviser to General David Petraeus during the Iraq war. After announcing the appointment from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the president hailed Lt Gen McMaster as a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience , adding, he is highly respected by everyone in the military and we re very honoured to have him.
The appointment of Lt Gen McMaster caps the end of a tumultuous week in the White House after the sudden removal of Mr Flynn3 amid questions over the former general s ties to Russia and his misrepresentation of phone calls he had with the Russian ambassador before the administration had taken office. Mr Trump s first choice to replace Mr Flynn, Robert Harward4, a retired admiral, turned down the job over concerns he would not be able to hire his own staff. Comment
This appointment could be a turning point in US foreign policy, writes Gideon Rachman
Tuesday, 21 February, 2017
Mr Trump said Keith Kellogg, who had been his acting national adviser, would stay on at the National Security Council as chief of staff . Mr Kellogg had been in the running for the security adviser position, together with John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the UN under George W Bush. On Monday Mr Trump said Mr Bolton, although not taking on the top role at the NSC, would still be working with the White House, albeit in a somewhat different capacity . Speaking from Mar-a-Largo, where he had joined Mr Trump for the official announcement of his appointment on Monday, Lt Gen McMaster said he looked forward to joining the national security team and doing everything that I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people . In 2014, Lt Gen McMaster was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and described as a pre-eminent warrior-thinker and the architect of the future US army . He also was praised for his 1997 book Dereliction of Duty, which explored the failings of US military leaders during the Vietnam war. Lt Gen McMaster, 54, is one of several generals serving in Mr Trump s cabinet .
James Mattis, Mr Trump s defence secretary, is the former commander of US Central Command, while John Kelly, Mr Trump s director of homeland security, is a retired four-star Marine corps general. It was not immediately clear whether Mr Flynn s deputies at the NSC would be staying on or whether Lt Gen McMaster would be allowed to hire his own staff, a point of contention for some candidates under consideration for the role. John McCain, the Republican senator and chair of the Senate s armed services committee, praised Lt Gen McMaster s appointment . Lt Gen HR McMaster is an outstanding choice for national security adviser, he said . I have had the honour of knowing him for many years, and he is a man of genuine intellect, character and ability.
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When a single cyber attack brought down several major sites including Spotify, Twitter and the New York Times1, it highlighted a problem insurers have been puzzling over: how do you predict whether large companies will fall victim to a cyber attack all at once, like houses in a hurricane? The distributed denial of service attack on Dyn2, a provider of domain name3 services to large companies across the world, showed how companies in different industries and different parts of the world can be reliant on the same infrastructure. A new generation of cyber security start-ups is trying to solve this problem of a widespread attack, helping insurers analyse the risk of writing cyber security policies for individual companies, how to price them and how to balance their portfolio so they do not accidentally insure the cyber equivalent of all the houses in Florida . With the market for cyber insurance4 predicted to grow to more than $20bn by 2025, according to forecasts by Allianz, insurers are looking for help to understand the fast-changing threat from hackers. Stephen Boyer, co-founder of Bitsight, a ratings firm for cyber security, counts seven of the top 10 global cyber security companies among his clients . I think cyber insurance is probably the most important thing to happen in the cyber security world ever, he said . It will be transformational in the way that insurance has transformed building codes and car safety. Bitsight recently announced a fundraising of $40m, led by GGV Capital, as it expands to cater for insurers desire to know more about the security weaknesses of their potential and existing customers. It collects data on whether companies appear already to be compromised or it can monitor user behaviour, such as an employee found to be downloading from peer-to-peer websites .
It also collects information on breaches from freedom of information requests.
Then, it creates a model that rates companies on a scale and insurers use the rating to decide if applicants get coverage . A healthcare company was recently turned down for cyber insurance because Bitsight found it had an X-ray machine compromised by malicious software, according to Mr Boyer . Its analytics help insurers diversify their portfolio by highlighting aggregations of risk for example, if all the companies depend on one cloud service provider, or on a domain name services provider such as Dyn.
In cyber insurance, website down time is an event you can claim on that lost revenue, so if something goes out that widely across the book, they will have to pay out, Mr Boyer said. Bitsight is also working with insurers to monitor insured clients security in the same way car insurers put devices in cars to track whether the driver is careful. Symantec5 is taking this one step further with its security software . It has been experimenting with insurers to bundle it with their cyber security insurance . The real change could be for small businesses6, which have increasingly been targeted by hackers as the most vulnerable. Roxane Divol, senior vice-president and general manager of website security, said Symantec is now piloting bundling its Norton product with small business cyber insurance in Japan and Europe.
Every single insurer we have spoken to, most of the top 20, sees cyber insurance as their next big opportunity, Ms Divol said, adding that a couple of years ago they started with very large companies . They see it as a new opening to expand the offering to the lower end of the market, to small and medium-sized businesses.
High-profile attacks such as the breach of US retailer Target7, where hackers entered through a smaller supplier, has led many larger companies to demand their partners have robust cyber security and their own insurance. SecurityScorecard, a start-up backed by Sequoia Capital and Google s venture capital arm GV, has developed a letter score rating for every company in the world. Sam Kassoumeh, co-founder and chief operating officer, said that as well as catering for insurers, it has seen large companies putting clauses into contracts with suppliers indicating that they must keep up their SecurityScorecard score . Essentially, you re told you have to maintain at least an 80 per cent rating or better, so if you go below 80 per cent for more than two weeks, it could be audited or the contract cancelled, he said. Arvind Parthasarathi, chief executive of Cyence, whose investors include IVP and insurance-focused private equity firm Dowling Capital, said he built his company to bridge two worlds: the world of risk, where business people at gatherings like the World Economic Forum fret about cyber security as an existential threat, and the IT industry, gathering at events like RSA and Def Con, talking about the new technologies.
The whole idea is we want to quantify risk in dollars, not firewalls, he said.
Mr Parthasarathi also sees the focus in 2017 switching to how to insure smaller companies, with the US National Cyber Security Alliance reporting that up to 60 per cent of hacked small and medium-sized businesses go out of business six months after a cyber attack.
They face one of the biggest challenges, without the budget, the technology and the services.