According to The Guardian, Britain has begun tentative talks with China and Russia about setting up a a hotline to help prevent cyber-emergencies from spiralling out of control.
The discussions reflect anxiety from all sides, with a need for a formal communication process in place to enable quicker responses to problems.
Even though each party recognises the need to combat cybersecurity, there is still a ‘huge gulf’ between the country’s interests and as a result, “the negotiations are continuing at snail’s pace”.
Both China and Russia are arguing for a more restrictive,state-controlled future for the Internet, but the UK believes this would restrict economic growth and freedom of speech.
This news comes just as USA reports revealed Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE, “cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a security threat to the United States and to our systems”.
William Hagestad, author of 21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare, depicts China as directing Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) at large multi-national corporations and foreign governments to collect intelligence. Hagestad believes these are state-sponsored attacks, which is a major area of concern affecting the rest of the world.
With this in mind, are we right to form relationships with China and Russia?
A copy of Hagestad’s 21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare is available to buy from IT Governance Ltd.