Defending our data

This report from the UK think tank The Henry Jackson Society looks at Huawei, 5G and the Five Eyes.

The first major report into the Government’s proposed 5G solution has dismissed mitigation strategies relied upon to justify the decision as “no solution at all”. Last night, one of the report’s authors – Conservative MP, Bob Seely – warned that Huawei “risks becoming a cyber-Hydra” and warned the assurances relied upon by the Government were “insufficiently robust to justify the associated risks.” In a strongly worded foreword to the report, the former Chief of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, branded the Government’s strategy a risk “we simply do not need to take”. Dearlove calls on the Government to “reconsider the Huawei decision” and not to “worry about giving offence to China” or “be influenced by the threat of the economic cost”.

The report recommends that the Government ‘blocks’ Huawei from participation in the UK’s 5G network unless any subsidiary can ‘prove a very high degree of insulation’ from the parent company. The report also calls upon the Government to adopt the risk assessment protocols outlined in the Prague Proposals and to bring forward legislation outlined in the 2018 national security white paper from BEIS.

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