Canada Huawei 5G
According to a recent media report, Canadian key intelligence agencies - the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) - are divided over whether Ottawa should block Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. from supplying equipment for this country’s next-generation 5G wireless networks. CSE and CSIS were tasked with conducting a cybersecurity review to evaluate the risks as well as the economic costs to Canadian telecoms and consumers of blacklisting the equipment supplier. The Americans and Australians -- who are partners with Canada, Britain and New Zealand in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network -- have...
Quantum Computer 5G Security
Recently, in the science journal Nature, Google claimed ‘quantum supremacy’ saying that its quantum computer is the first to perform a calculation that would be practically impossible for a classical machine. This quantum computing breakthrough brings us closer to the arrival of functional quantum systems which will have a profound effect on today's security infrastructure. How will quantum computing affect the security of 5G technologies currently being developed and deployed? Last spring we suggested that the emergence of quantum internet connectivity and computation, expected sometime in the next decade, poses numerous new cryptography and cybersecurity challenges for 5G security. MIT offers...
Prague 5G Security Conference
Security officials from EU nations, Japan, the United States and Australia gathered in Prague on Thursday and Friday to discuss 5G cybersecurity threats. The two-day conference held under the auspices of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš hoped to develop a series of non-binding recommendations on how to approach future cyber threats emerging from 5G technologies. The recommendations would also contribute to discussions within the EU and NATO on a common approach towards cyber threats. Building a path towards consensus in 5G security is the right thing to do. A more science-based approach agreed to by the majority of the...
5G gear 5G security standard Huawei
For years U.S. and some of its allies are claiming that Huawei should not be trusted and that the Chinese company is likely to have backdoors in its 5G gear. Today's report from Bloomberg is already being held as the "smoking gun" by the supporters of the U.S. position. Bloomberg alleges that Vodafone, the largest mobile network operator in Europe, found backdoors in Huawei 5G gear between 2009 and 2011. With these backdoors, Huawei could have gained unauthorized access to Vodafone's "fixed-line network in Italy." It wouldn't be a 5G story if things would be as simple as...
5G gear 5G security standard Huawei
The top US cybersecurity policy diplomat, Rob strayer, praised Germany’s strict security standards for 5G network providers on Wednesday. The requirements include sections that call for the providers to utilize “trustworthy” equipment suppliers who comply with national security regulations related to secrecy and data protection. The issue of course being that Huawei in particular has some managerial, best practices and compliance issues in this area as seen in previous reports such as the UK’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre. Rob strayer believes that this would “lead inevitably” to a banning of Huawei as...
Huawei China US 5G
Excellent article today from the Washington Post: How China’s Huawei took the lead over U.S. companies in 5G technology Huawei, still the only 5G equipment manufacturing with the end-to-end offering, keeps evolving into the world’s biggest supplier of telecom equipment. It sparks fear into U.S. and the Trump administration about potential impacts on national security as well as U.S. technology supremacy. The rising global demand for 5G equipment highlights how the U.S., a technology leader in other respects, is largely absent from the wireless networking industry. 5G is expected to shape technological innovation for years to come, providing...
5G Critical Infrastructure
Not even 30 years separate us from the end of the Cold War. Yet, we appear to be witnessing the emergence of a new one, a technology Cold War between the United States and China. This time, instead of a ‘red under the bed’, the US government has declared there is one at the back door. It accuses Chinese technology companies of deliberately building vulnerabilities into their tech, allowing the Chinese to access and control the 5G critical infrastructure, and through it the connected devices and machinery at will. Headlines are dominated by the...
Mobile UK 5G Report
Mobile UK, the UK mobile network operators' trade association, issued a report "The Impact on the UK of a Restriction on Huawei in the Telecoms Supply Chain" outlining potential risk to UK economy if use of Huawei for 5G rollout is restricted. Some key findings from the report include: A partial to full restriction on Huawei in the telecoms supply chain could result in an 18 – 24 month delay to the widespread availability of 5G in the UK. The cost to the UK economy of a delay in rollout is...
DoD 5G Report
The Defense Innovation Board of the US Department of Defense issued a new study outlining the risks America faces if China takes leadership in 5G. The report also warns that the U.S. is at risk of conceding the 5G leadership position if wide-reaching policy changes aren’t put into place soon. "The 5G Ecosystem: Risks & Opportunities for DoD" report is available for download here:https://media.defense.gov/2019/Apr/03/2002109302/-1/-1/0/DIB_5G_STUDY_04.03.19.PDF  
5G France
France’s parliament is debating a bill that would see the country establish stricter security rules around 5G networks. The bill would require all 5G network equipment to undergo special security testing and be cleared before those vendors could be eligible for 5G contracts. While the legislation doesn't target Huawei explicitly, it is obviously influenced by the U.S. recent pressure against Huawei. "We don’t target any gear maker; we target equipment," said Thomas Gassilloud, a lawmaker from President Emmanuel Macron’s party. Bloomberg report here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-03/france-s-5g-bill-makes-it-tough-but-not-impossible-for-huawei  
Netherlands 5G
The Dutch security service advised the government on Tuesday not to use technology from countries with active cyber-hacking campaigns against the Netherlands, such as China and Russia. The recommendation came as the Dutch government is weighing options for a new 5G telecommunications network in the coming years. Reuters report https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-netherlands-security-idUKKCN1RE1U0
US vs China 5G
Emerging Technology and Geopolitics of 5G There are several reasons emerging technology is a highly competitive industry, notwithstanding the race for intellectual property that can be licensed by burgeoning markets for revenue. A first-mover advantage is often a way to lock in relationships that can lead to long-term infrastructure commitments, integration support services, and service delivery platform development. As the adage goes, “Whoever owns the platform, owns the customer.” This race to be the first to establish technological platforms and lock-in their customers is increasingly becoming politicized. And 5G, the next generation of cellular...
5G gear 5G security standard Huawei
Huawei released its 2018 Annual Report today. Despite the growing 5G-related geopolitical spat it has found itself in and U.S. efforts to curtail its business, Huawei reported $107 billion in total revenues for the 2018 financial year, up 20% year-on-year. Its net profit grew 25.1% year-on-year. Profits are mostly driven by Huawei's booming smartphone business which is currently growing faster than Samsung or Apple. More https://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/huawei-boasts-of-bullish-growth-in-2018-annual-report/d/d-id/750521
Huawei 5G
UK government’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board just published its fifth annual report for the Cabinet Secretary. The board, which is chaired by the head of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, has issued its harshest warning yet over the cyber security risks posed by Huawei and their involvement in future 5G networks. US government effectively banned Huawei from the US market since a report from US Congress in 2012 labeled it a national security threat. Washington has been since pressuring its allies to join the ban. Some, like...
EU 5G
Today the European Commission (EC) has recommended a set of operational steps and measures to ensure a high l Add Formevel of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. The EC has recommended a series of operational steps and measures aimed at ensuring a high level of security of 5G networks across the EU including: legislative and policy measures designed to protect the nations’ economies, societies and democratic systems; recommendation that each member state complete a national risk assessment of 5G network infrastructures by the end of June;...