NATO will require members to protect civilian telecommunication systems, including fifth-generation services, and ensure they function in wartime, the alliance’s secretary-general said ahead of a two-day meeting of defense ministers in Brussels.
All NATO allies will be required “to have reliable telecommunications systems in peacetime, crisis and conflict,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
The U.S. has been pressuring allies to take a tougher stance on China and resist deals with Beijing on 5G technology. Washington sees telecommunications giant Huawei, which is a key player in high-speed 5G equipment, as an arm of the Chinese government.
The concern is that China could use the network to spy on communication traffic.
While Stoltenberg did not specifically name China as the main threat or the cause of new NATO measures, in an earlier news conference he said ensuring the security of communication networks is a “national responsibility.”
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The US Defense Department will release a draft Request For Proposals next month, asking the private sector security problems with the new technology.
After getting feedback from industry, the Pentagon will revise the RFP and issue a final version in December, that is, officials caveat, if Congress passes the currently-gridlocked 2020 funding bills in time.
While the Pentagon has many uses in mind, one constant across all of them must be cybersceurity, said the Deputy Under Secretary for Research & Engineering, Lisa Porter.