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DISORGANIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THE CAPITOL: JUST LIKE CYBER

The lead story in today’s New York Times on the investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol reports that yesterday’s Senate hearing “also showed that the overlapping jurisdiction of the Capitol Police, District of Columbia government and other agencies created utter confusion that hindered attempts to stop the assault.”

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CONGRESS DOES TWO THINGS WELL: NOTHING & OVERREACT

The man who founded the organization I work for, the Internet Security Alliance, was Dave McCurdy. Mr. McCurdy was the former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Dave was fond of reminding people, “Congress does two things well: Nothing and overreact.”

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MR. BIDEN: ON CYBERSECURITY — SHOW US THE MONEY

President-elect Joe Biden’s response to the Russian cyber-attack, that could turn out to be the most serious security breach since World War II, was his vow that “I will not stand by idlily in the face of cyber assaults on our country”

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM RUSSIAN HACK: WE NEED TO RETHINK OUR APPROACH

There are actually many lessons to be learned from the largest and most sophisticated cyber-attack to date reported in the New York Times Sunday, but perhaps the most basic is that what we are doing now to protect ourselves in cyberspace isn’t working. We need to rethink our approach to cybersecurity.

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Chinese Tech: Spying Around the World They Just Can’t No

In earlier posts we documented that China through their comprehensive digital policies – largely articulated in their Belt and Road and Digital Silk road initiatives — has launched a comprehensive program to embed their technologies around the world. We have also indicated that this program has already succeeded throughout much of the world placing the west in general, and the USA in particular at a substantial geo-political disadvantage.

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Senate Report: US is Losing the Digital World to China

In previous posts we have documented that China has used their comprehensive. Integrated – and exceedingly well endowed – cyber strategy BRI and DSR initiatives) to steal intellectual property, compete unfairly in international markets and create a strategic advantage in digital technology on 5 continents (including until recently our own).

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China’s “Soft Power” Play Altering IT Standards BTW They are Winning

In previous blogs we discussed how China used theft of western intellectual property to quickly make up ground in technology. Fueled with this infusion of knowledge China has maximized its utility by providing massive support to its domestic industry enabling their companies to have competitive advantages. In this fashion – a traditionally Chinese approach – they seek to supplant the western, US led, model not be invoking the workers of the world to unite, but by streamlining access to YOUTube and TikTok

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COVID-19 COVID PANDEMIC STRENGTHEN’S CHINA’S HAND

In an earlier post we demonstrated that US diplomatic efforts to encourage countries to remove Chinese technology, while compelling from a security perspective, may be politically and economically impractical. Many European, Latin American African and Asian 5-G systems will be built on top of existing 3-G and 4G systems which are built on Huawei and ZTE technology.

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The Chinese Cyber Threat – Huawei Is Just the Beginning of the Problem

There has been substantial press in recent months about the risk Huawei poses including aggressive actions by the Trump Administration urging nations to “rip and replace” Huawei technology, While Huawei technology, complete with multiple back doors enabling spying on an unprecedented scale is a major threat, it is by no means the only technology threat China poses though its comprehensive digital policy (and TikTok – while problematic is not serious enough to even make the list of top five threats).

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WHAT IF COVID HAD HAPPENED IN 1990 INSTEAD OF 2020? OR 2030?

In early spring of 2020, the world underwent the largest change in how people did work in human history. Almost overnight “going to the office” became a potentially deadly trip. Hundreds of millions of people, world-wide, suddenly had to figure out how to work remotely from home.

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