Electronic Surveillance

Huawei cameras defended

The installation of hundreds of cameras with facial recognition capability in Belgrade, part of a local government surveillance program, apparently is causing potential protesters to reconsider their participation in anti-government demonstrations in the Serbian capital. However, despite criticism about eroded personal freedoms and even snooping by China, officials say the system designed by Huawei is helping to reduced crime. [node:read-more:link]

Telecom “cleansing” in U.S.

Congress is being urged by legislators from both political parties to purge the U.S. telecom infrastructure of equipment manufactured by any foreign company the government considers a threat to national security. The proposed $1 billion cost of compensating small and rural service providers for replacing alternate equipment would be covered through the newly-proposed Secure & Trusted Communications Networks Act. [node:read-more:link]

Defence Security University

The Department of Defense has finally inaugurated its Defense Security Cooperation University in the hope of improving how it supports allies and other partners against threats. The project was proposed two years ago. [node:read-more:link]

LOE satellites vulnerable?

The U.S. National Security Agency is running an experiment designed to test whether the growing number of military and civilian satellites in lower earth orbit have been compromised. The focus, using artificial intelligence technology, is on trying to find out whether orbits have changed and what countermeasures are possible. [node:read-more:link]

Long-range biometrics

The U.S. intelligence community is said to be developing biometric identification systems which could single out individuals at a distance. Facial recognition and other biometrics technologies have improved in recent years but evidently are still prone to errors. [node:read-more:link]

Huawei 5G tech for sale

In an bid to end a western blockade against its 5G technology, Huawei is offering to sell its software to a western company which then could rewrite problematic code. The U.S. has been urging its allies not to permit 5G over concerns that alleged “backdoors” would enable the Chinese government to spy on telecom systems. [node:read-more:link]

Mixed feelings about biometrics

A new Pew Research Centre study indicates that although Americans are becoming more receptive to biometric scans and facial recognition technologies, their growing acceptance is so far limited to law enforcement’s use. They apparently are less trusting of the private sector. [node:read-more:link]

AI-driven cyberdefence

A new artificial intelligence centre in the U.S. Department of Defense is the foundation for a potential AI-powered cyberdefence suite. The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is working with the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command and dozens of civilian suppliers on standardiziang data collection. [node:read-more:link]

Army Coders key to cyber warfare

The U.S. Army says that embedding computer tool developers and coders within its ranks is a key to successful cyber operations. It has historically depended on civilian contractor support but now says rapid shifts in operational environments require in-house expertise. [node:read-more:link]

Russian space-stalker

A Russian satellite’s approach to geostationary government and commercial satellites is raising concern that it is being used to steal data or even cause collisions. Its behaviour has been monitored since its launch five years ago and its latest target evidently has been an Intelsat platform. [node:read-more:link]

DRS receives 3rd award for counterintelligence

Leonardo DRS, for the third time,  has been awarded the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence. The award is the highest U.S. honor given to the defense industry for protecting classified information and technology through a culture of compliance with government security regulations and partnership with DoD intelligence services. [node:read-more:link]

China charging on in AI

Two years ago, the Communist Party of China set 2030 as the deadline for catching up with the U.S. in the artificial intelligence field by 2030. Next year marks a milestone for making significant gains in fundamental research and becoming a favoured destination for new talent, potentially at the expense of the U.S. [node:read-more:link]

Cybersecurity and digital enterprise

Two consistent and related themes in enterprise technology have emerged in recent years, both involving rapid and dramatic change. One is the rise of the digital enterprise across sectors and internationally. The other is the information technology sector's need to react quickly and develop innovations aggressively to meet the enterprise’s digital aspirations. [node:read-more:link]

NSA hires summer students

The U.S. National Security Agency, headquartered at Fort Meade, Md., has been hiring highschool students to work “somewhere in cyber,” as one puts it. Others are equally vague, saying only that they work in language translation as well as cybersecurity. [node:read-more:link]


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