Stephen E. Arnold: UK Cybersecurity Director Outlines Agency’s Failures in Ongoing Cyberwar

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Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

UK Cybersecurity Director Outlines Agencys Failures in Ongoing Cyberwar

The article titled GCHQ: Spy Chief Admits UK Agency Losing Cyberwar Despite £860M Funding Boost on International Business Times examines the surprisingly frank confession made by Alex Dewdney, a director at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). He stated that in spite of the £860M funneled into cybersecurity over the past five years, the UK is unequivocally losing the fight. The article details,

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Steele-with-Logo-CroppedROBERT STEELE: After CIA built the Artificial Intelligence Staff in the Office of Information Technology around me in the 1980’s, and I learned just how full of holes and lacking in documentation all our code is, I became one of three co-founders with Winn Schwartau of the original cyberwar conference in the early 1990’s, InfoWarCon, and I wrote the letter to the White House via Treasury sounding the alarm in 1994, co-signed by Jim Anderson from NSA (anonymously at the time, he was a top cyber security engineer concerned with management’s dismissal of the threat), Bill Caelli from Australia, and Winn.  That letter, humble as it is, is below.

Steele, Robert with James Anderson, William Caelli, and Winn Schwartau, “Correspondence, Sounding the Alarm on Cyber Security,” McLean, VA: Open Source Solutions, Inc., August 23, 1994.

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Later I developed intermediate solutions with Robert Garigue (RIP), one of the Canadian pioneers first for the government and then for banking, our joint graphic still ignored by all governments including US and UK, is here to the side. I have preserved  some of Robert’s work, Garigue @ Phi Beta Iota.

Today of course we have the emerging blockchain phenomenon but industry to moving to co-opt it and fence it and government is on the  sidelines.

All of the code we have today, without exception, is infantile and undefendable. The Directors of GCHQ (and NSA) are the proverbial Dutch kid with just two thumbs while industry continues to build “dams” with porous material and not be held accountable for security.  Government is completely inept — the best illumination of where all the skills are is provided by my review of Mark Bowden’s book, Review: WORM – The First Digital World War.

Miss Piggy in PearlsI published a few reflections here: Reflections on Cyber-Corruption but my signal contributions have the conceputalization of a Center for Computational Mathemetics (to be led by UK citizen Stephen Wolfam — the algorithms are as criminal as the code and the government simply does not get this) — and an Open Source (Technologies) Agency funded by the US Government, my memorandum to Vice  President Biden that was delivered but not acknowledged is below.

Robert Steele: Open Source (Technologies) Agency

On their present course the UK and US governments are unsustainable — increasingly dysfunctional expensive failures whose “innovation” on the margins (less than 2.5% and generally not present at all) is lipstick on the pig.

Out of control — not a democracy — what is to be done?