DARPA is kicking off a project to create a new way to enable U.S. troops working in remote areas around the world to securely send and receive sensitive information on their devices.The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the research arm of the Department of Defense, said it's working on a project that would use software and networking technology to securely share information on unsecured commercial and military networks.[To comment on this story, visit Computerworld's Facebook page.]The agency scheduled a Proposer's Day for Jan. 31 to provide more information on the project.The program, dubbed SHARE, for Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge, would be used on handheld devices, laptops or tactical radios."Troops forward deployed today have to have multiple laptops or devices that are approved to communicate at various levels of classification," said Joe Evans, DARPA program manager, in a statement. "The vision of SHARE is to develop software that … [Read more...] about DARPA wants to create secure data-sharing tech
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(Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s national security team is looking at options to counter the threat of China spying on U.S. phone calls that include the government building a super-fast 5G wireless network, a senior administration official said on Sunday. The official, confirming the gist of a report from Axios.com, said the option was being debated at a low level in the administration and was six to eight months away from being considered by the president himself. The 5G network concept is aimed at addressing what officials see as China’s threat to U.S. cyber security and economic security. The Trump administration has taken a harder line on policies initiated by predecessor Barack Obama on issues ranging from Beijing’s role in restraining North Korea to Chinese efforts to acquire U.S. strategic industries. This month AT&T was forced to scrap a plan to offer its customers handsets built by China’s Huawei after some members of Congress lobbied … [Read more...] about Trump security team considers building U.S. 5G network to counter Chinese spying threats (Updated)
Some of the advantages 5G has over 4G, including less energy consumption and wider signal coverageThere's no doubt that 5G is the future of mobile networks. And why shouldn't it - it will be faster and more reliable while also enabling futuristic technologies such as self-driving cars, and remotely performed surgeries. Sounds great, but we are still a couple of years away from the full implementation of 5G, and countries and network companies alike are still figuring out the best way to adopt it. In the case of the U.S. things have become a bit more complicated. Recently Trump's national security team has came up with the idea to implement a single 5G network, ran by the government. But why suddenly gain control over something that's been private for ages? Well, just in case China tries to compromise the U.S. security.The idea was initially announced on Sunday by a senior administration official. “We want to build a network so the Chinese can’t listen to your … [Read more...] about 5G network in the U.S. to be under governmental control?
ARM has invited Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient to come up with the ultimate hardware-based security solution for our mobile devices. The result should be ARM's TrustZone embedded security, which has been present in its Cortex line of chip designs, bur brought up to speed with the modern times of NFC-enabled mobile payments and nano-SIM connection standards.Gemalto is providing the secure network authentication in current SIM cards, and has working NFC solutions in mobile payments pilot programs - for more info read our dedicated article here. It got in the spotlight last year when Apple was allegedly asking for a programmable SIM card that will let you choose your carrier via an app and provide NFC payments functionality. The EU carriers went ballistic over the rumor and threatened to cut iPhone subsidies, so Apple eventually gave up on the idea.Read the full press release below for all the juicy details about how our smartphones and tablets will be kept from prying … [Read more...] about ARM gathers the best NFC and nano-SIM minds to coin a security solution for mobile chipsets
Over the weekend, Axios reported that officials within the Trump administration have been proposing the creation of a nationwide 5G network in order to protect against Chinese leadership in forthcoming networking technology. However, it seems that the unnamed senior national security officials who presented the proposal failed to talk to current FCC commissioner Ajit Pai first. Pai released a statement this morning that, in no uncertain terms, opposes the plan for a government-run 5G network: “I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network. The main lesson to draw from the wireless sector’s development over the past three decades—including American leadership in 4G—is that the market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment. What government can and should do is to push spectrum into the commercial marketplace and set rules that encourage the private sector to develop and deploy … [Read more...] about FCC chairman Ajit Pai is opposed to a government-run 5G network