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...
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;...
5G World Economy Society
Since the dawn of the 21st Century, the ways in which people and organizations that use the Internet experience, perceive and act in the world is radically changing. We interact with physical objects and systems well beyond our sight and comprehension. Our cars, homes, factories and public transportation are controlled increasingly by computer chips and sensors. This interconnectedness already exceeds much of last century’s science fiction imaginings, but is poised to accelerate even more dramatically with the advent of 5G. Popular telecom carrier driven expectations about the speed and capacity of 5G consumer mobile...
AI Fake News
Recent events have confirmed that the cyber realm can be used to disrupt democracies as surely as it can destabilize dictatorships. Weaponization of information and malicious dissemination through social media pushes citizens into polarized echo chambers and pull at the social fabric of a country. Present technologies enhanced by current and upcoming Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, could greatly exacerbate disinformation and other cyber threats to democracy. Robert Kagan in his recent Post essay, “The strongmen strike back,” insightfully states: What we used to regard as the inevitable progress toward democracy, driven by economics...
NATO 5G Security Geopolitics
On 14th March 2019, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the launch of his Annual Report for 2018 touched on security and geopolitical concerns of 5G (full transcript here). Stoltenberg said that allies are "...consulting closely on this issue, including on the security aspects on investments in 5G networks." The Secretary General acknowledged that “NATO allies have expressed their concerns over Huawei and their role in providing 5G infrastructure” and added “NATO takes these concerns very seriously.” “We will now assess the issue and find out how NATO,...
Germany 5G Security Standard
After Washington last week warned Germany that it would scale back intelligence data-sharing with Berlin if China’s Huawei was allowed to participate in German 5G implementation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back to assert independence. Merkel stated that the German government was keenly focused on security 5G mobile infrastructure, but Berlin would keep its own counsel. "Security, particularly when it comes to the expansion of the 5G network, but also elsewhere in the digital area, is a very important concern for the German government, so we are defining our standards for ourselves,” Merkel said.
Huawei Cybersecurity
On March the 5th, 2019, Huawei opened a Cyber Security Transparency Center in Brussels as part of its 2 billion USD Cybersecurity project, to a great fanfare and large amount of interest "with over 200 representatives from regulators, telecom carriers, enterprises, and the media attending the event" (Huawei Press Release, 2019). Though not directly claimed in press publications, this project along with the centre itself appear to be part of Huawei's attempt to convince the public governmental and private business entities whom are potentially its 5G network technology customers that it would not compromise...
Canada Critical Infrastructure
Targeted cyberattacks against critical infrastructure (CI) are increasing on a global scale. Critical systems are rapidly being connected to the internet, affording attackers opportunities to target virtual systems that operate and monitor physical structures and physical processes through various modes of cyberattack. When people think of cyberattacks, their minds often go first to the financial sector. After all, that’s the type of attack people hear about most frequently; it’s where the money is and it’s what seems most natural for cybercriminals to target. Enterprises frequently focus on such cyber-enabled financial crimes to the point...