COMMENTARY: Nate Snyder — Unity In 5G Can Assist In 6G Advancements

Earlier this week, Nate Snyder, a senior advisor at Cambridge Global Advisors and former expert on counterintelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, discussed rumors about Chinese development of 6th generation networks in a conversation with Nextgov.

While the global conversation has been largely commanded by the advancements of 5G, as well as the national and economic concerns surrounding its implementation, the country’s willingness to outwardly reveal its potential 6G capabilities came as a bit of a surprise. “Though 5G deployment is still in its infancy and most mobile users continue to operate on 4G networks, [China] announced plans

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COMMENTARY: Nate Snyder — Huawei Is Looking For “Any Way” To Expand Its Tech Footprint

Nate Snyder, a senior advisor at Cambridge Global Advisors and former expert on counterintelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, addressed the U.S.’s forthcoming ban on Huawei technology in a recent interview with CapitalWatch. Snyder expressed his skepticism with the Chinese telecommunications company’s lofty financial projections despite its inability to supply to the U.S: “In anticipation of the U.S. ban, perhaps they’re not telling the full story. They want to be able to show to end-users, customers and investors that their business is not being impacted.”

In addition to addressing discussions surrounding the potential for easing restrictions on Huawei, … Read More

PERSPECTIVE: Strategic Infiltration and China’s 5G Threat

This piece, by Douglas Lute, originally appeared in Homeland Security Today on October 21, 2019. 

 

The advent of fifth-generation digital communications – 5G – is a topic of hot debate across the world. 5G promises game-changing advances for states, industry, and individual citizens, but also introduces greater risk of security challenges. The excitement around the anticipated 5G network improvements can distract from an important, more strategic consideration.

European Union member states recently released a coordinated report in which they assess the security vulnerabilities associated with 5G, and their findings shouldn’t be ignored. Organizations and nation-states should avoid relying on … Read More

COMMENTARY: Former DHS Officials React to EU 5G Risk Assessment Released Yesterday

Yesterday, the 28 EU member states published a highly-anticipated comprehensive risk assessment exploring the security risks associated with 5G networks. The report highlights the security challenges connected to suppliers’ role in developing 5G networks and the vulnerabilities stemming from reliance on individual, state-backed suppliers. U.S. officials have been stressing the importance of a coordinated approach to 5G security measures, and the EU has demonstrated through this assessment that it is taking a step in the right direction.

Governor Tom Ridge, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd governor of Pennsylvania, and Nate Snyder, senior counterterrorism official with the U.S. … Read More

COMMENTARY: Chris Cummiskey and Nate Snyder — Cooperation And Standards Setting Is Key To Secure 5G Technology

On September 29, Government Matters hosted former DHS officials and GCPW advisory board members, Chris Cummiskey and Nate Snyder, to talk about the global 5G network and the implications of Huawei’s involvement. 

Former Under Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cummiskey explained the advantage that China currently has over the U.S. in terms of developing this new technology and marketing its low-cost, proprietary software around the world in an effort to dominate the 5G landscape. He urged private and public sector stakeholders to collaborate to ensure that we safeguard the supply  chain from foreign actors who Read More

Huawei’s Record of Wrongdoing: Top 10 Offenses That Should Cause Pause

As discussions around 5G networks and cybersecurity vulnerabilities evolve, Huawei has remained a central target of critique. Current concerns surrounding Huawei are borne out of a number of recognized offenses committed by the Chinese 5G leader. Not only does China’s 2017 National Intelligence Law, which requires private organizations and citizens to cooperate with the state’s intelligence efforts, raise a red flag, but Huawei’s past business practices have cause for alarm. In several instances around the world, Huawei has been investigated for fraud and corruption.

Huawei leadership has demonstrated a willingness to engage in sketchy behavior to advance its low-cost technology, … Read More