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PhD. Work in Threat Intel, Risk & Security. Tweet about national and international security issues; especially tech-related. Tweets my own. I also teach spin
Feb 13 15 tweets 2 min read
Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, has said to BBC that they might make some concessions with the possibility of not applying for NATO membership in order to avoid war. #UkraineInvasion He said that Ukraine is flexible to find a way out of the invasion -on NATO the Ambassador reiterated "it is something we might do, that is for sure"
Feb 9 35 tweets 7 min read
The @IRLCoDF is out. This 🧵will focus on the #cyberspace aspect of the report, peppered with fact and my opinion. Here we go....
CoDF recognises that cyberspace is a key military domain beyond 2030 and is a rapidly evolving threat landscape. the CoDF believes that the NATO standards for training and equipping the DF for cyber capabilities should be our benchmark and the gov needs to align policy, funding and resources with this in mind.
Nov 23, 2021 21 tweets 4 min read
The Irish gov has released its Electronic Communications Security Measures (ECSMs), effectively a reaction to risks in #5G technologies and networks. Here's a summary of what it does say .... Ireland’s Risk Assessment concluded that nation-state actors pose the greatest risk to networks. It looks like technologies that are not granted exceptions must be ripped and replaced by 2027. Is this a ban on high-risk vendors, if the bar is very high??
Nov 21, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
A number of elements in this are refreshing to hear acknowledged by the @DF_COS - I am sure there’s a lot more topics he wished to cover. Whilst the military are aware of the threats, our politicians are slightly aware our civil service is in utter denial.
thetimes.co.uk/article/1e2998… The Dept of Defence needs actual experts. The Dept of Taoiseach and the NSAC too. The NCSC needs strategists not just code warriors.
Key gov depts such as comms, agriculture and Health should have designated Defence Liaison SMEs too who can work towards…
May 17, 2020 9 tweets 5 min read
Since 2016 the French security services, the SGDSN, raised significant concerns over the growing dominance of CCP connected vehicles systems, especially those that will be paired to #5G networks with Chinese hardware. Now their fears are coming to pass: techwireasia.com/2020/05/huawei… Background: Since 2014 #Huawei has been engaging several European car manufactures to explore rolling out Huawei GPS technology for both autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles and GPS assisted navigation.
Apr 29, 2019 27 tweets 6 min read
To understand why so many are highlighting the Chinese cameras in Leinster House, one must first recognise that China does not do business or espionage like the West. There's no separation between industry sectors the CCP deems strategically important. The #IOT, #5G, #AI and #SmartCities sectors are integral to China. These sectors have billions of dollars pumped into them from Chinese government central and regional funds and are controlled centrally by the CCP, with the CCP placing key personnel into these companies.
Mar 28, 2019 22 tweets 5 min read
A Thread: Key points of the UK #HCSEC #Huawei Oversight report and the implications:

1. HCSEC has been running for 8 years - 5 years testing
Examining Huawei and their operations, coding and security for a long time. In that time Huawei has basically slow-balled the process. 2. New additional risks with Huawei identified
These compound the previous risks of binary equivalence, and sloppy coding. Not to mention delays in translating firmware upgrades etc into English which slows the process down