Britain's U-turn on Huawei, announcing that it will now ban the manufacturer's gear from its 5G networks, highlights this as yet unresolved problem: Years of underinvestment and policy failures have left Britain and its allies with no inexpensive, trusted alternative.
IoT devices can be made cheaply and quickly. But as a result, they may lack adequate security features. The Atlantic Council is proposing regulations that would require technology retailers to sell devices that meet security standards, which would, in turn, put pressure on IoT component makers.
The Trump administration's continued press against China snared an unintended victim: America's own influence over 5G standards development. But the U.S. Commerce Department says a new rule will free U.S. firms to work with any company, including China's Huawei, on developing new telecommunications standards.
Britain is reconsidering whether Huawei's technology will be used its national 5G rollout as a result of increased White House sanctions against the Chinese telecommunications giant, which could result in Huawei having to source semiconductors from less reliable sources.
New research shows it's possible to unlock a password-protected Windows computer in about five minutes by exploiting vulnerabilities in Intel's Thunderbolt hardware controller. The vulnerabilities add to a growing list of issues around Thunderbolt, which is used for connecting peripherals.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, cybercriminals increasingly are targeting organizations that now have more remote workers and fewer IT and security staff at the ready to mitigate hacker attacks and intrusions, security experts say.
The Cryptographer's Panel, which sees five cryptography experts analyze and debate top trends, remains a highlight of the annual RSA conference. For 2020, the panel focused on such topics as facial recognition, election integrity and the never-ending crypto wars, while giving shout-outs to bitcoin and blockchain.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr says the United States and its allies should take a "controlling stake" in Huawei's chief competitors, Findland's Nokia and Sweden's Ericsson, to help make them more viable and improve the security of emerging 5G networks.
Will Britain's Huawei decision serve as a blueprint for other nations' 5G infrastructure rollouts? High-risk vendors, including Huawei, won't be allowed anywhere near that nation's most sensitive networks, British officials say. But the risks go beyond the threat of espionage.
The United Kingdom will allow "limited" use of equipment from China's Huawei for the nation's emerging 5G networks. After the Tuesday announcement, the White House and some U.S. lawmakers again expressed concerns about the global security threat posed by the use of the Chinese firm's gear.
U.K. officials reportedly are considering a proposal to allow China's Huawei to play a limited role in providing certain equipment for the country's 5G rollout, which would defy calls from the U.S. for a complete ban of telecom gear from the company.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses why Britain is struggling to determine whether to use China's Huawei technology in developing its 5G networks. Plus: An update on a mobile app exposing infant photos and videos online and an analyst's take on the future of deception technology.
The FBI has sent a letter to Apple asking for help in accessing encrypted data from two iPhones belonging to a deceased shooter. The bureau's move may be a prelude to another legal fight between the FBI and Apple over strong encryption.
Video conferencing and collaboration systems are must-have tools for global companies. But new research by Forescout illustrates that elementary security errors in one vendor's system could have allowed attackers to snoop on meetings and view sensitive documents.
Intel issued a firmware update on Tuesday to mitigate an attack developed by researchers, dubbed Plundervolt, which uses voltage fluctuations to reveal secrets such as encryption keys. The findings are the latest bad news for Intel as researchers have dug deep into its chip architecture.