The West is faced with a “moment of reckoning” when it comes to technology and security, the head of intelligence agency GCHQ has told the BBC.
Jeremy Fleming said there was a risk that key technologies on which we rely will no longer be shaped by the West.
“We have to keep evolving our approach if we’re going to keep up,” he said of the growing challenge from China.
So-called smart cities, which will collect large amounts of data, are just one example, he added.
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GCHQ chief: west faces ‘moment of reckoning’ over cybersecurity
Britain and its allies face a “moment of reckoning” in which secure encryption and other future technologies may no longer be “shaped and controlled by the west”, according to the head of the spy agency GCHQ.
In a speech on Friday, Jeremy Fleming will say the UK has to “develop sovereign technologies” and work with allies to “build better cyberdefences” to prosper in the future.
Although the spy chief does not mention China by name, his remarks are largely aimed at Beijing’s growing strength in high technology, revealed recently by the row over the deployment of Huawei kit in Britain’s 5G mobile phone networks.