UK against China and Russia in cyberspace

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FILE PHOTO: The hand is seen on the keyboard in front of the network code shown in this illustration taken October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illutration

December 14, 2021

By Guy Faulconbridge

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has said it will push back against what it sees as efforts by Russia and China to establish national sovereignty over communications lifelines and emerging technologies that will define it. Figure 21st Century.

He described China and Russia as strategic rivals whose haste to gain control of some key technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing and microprocessor design could threaten both the security of the world and the world. West and the internet is relatively free.

“China and Russia continue to advocate greater national sovereignty in cyberspace as the answer to security challenges,” according to Britain’s new National Cyber ​​Strategy released on Wednesday.

“Debates over the rules governing cyberspace will increasingly become the site of systematic competition between great powers, with conflicts of values,” he said.

That competition, Britain said, will increasingly put pressure on the free internet as powerhouses and big tech companies push for a competing vision of internet governance and technical standards.

The United States remains the world’s top cyber power, followed by China, the United Kingdom, Russia, and the Netherlands, according to Harvard University’s Belfer Center Cyber ​​Strength Index 2020.

China and Russia have both repeatedly denied the West’s accusations of being behind the cyber attacks. Both Moscow and Beijing say the West has no right to convince them about hacking or about the technologies they choose to develop.

He said 6G, artificial intelligence, microprocessors and a range of quantum technologies including quantum computing, quantum sensing and post-quantum cryptography are development priorities.

He said data protection will become more important.

“This infrastructure is an important national asset,” he said. “We will play a larger role in ensuring that data is adequately protected as it is processed, forwarded, or stored at scale, such as in external data centers. ”

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden) UK against China and Russia in cyberspace


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