Amazon pens deal with UK spy agencies to host top-secret data

09 December 2021

The UK’s three spy agencies have Amazon’s cloud service unit AWS to host classified material in a deal designed to boost the use of artificial intelligence for espionage.

According to a report in the Financial Times, spy agency GCHQ championed the procurement of a high-security cloud system and it will be used by sister services MI5 and MI6, as well as other government departments such as the Ministry of Defence during joint operations.

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New plans to boost cyber security of UK’s digital supply chains

09 December 2021

Julia Lopez

Julia Lopez

IT service providers could be required to follow new cyber security rules such as the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Assessment Framework as part of new proposals to help UK enterprises manage the growing cyber threat.

Other plans to protect the country’s digital supply chains include new procurement rules to ensure the public sector buys services from firms with good cyber security and plans for improved advice and guidance campaigns to help businesses manage security risks.

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What role will 5G play in delivering critical communications?

11 November 2021

Jason Johur, TCCA board member and chair, TCCA’s Broadband Industry Group

Jason Johur, TCCA board member and chair, TCCA’s Broadband Industry Group

5G networks promise greater capabilities to critical users but further specification work is needed to ensure their unique requirements are met. A new white paper from TCCA, the global organisation for the advancement of standardised critical communications technologies, says that ultimately, 5G will enable cooperation between critical users to become more efficient and effective. As a result, the safety of first responders and the communities they protect will be enhanced.

The white paper addresses a number of key questions raised by the critical communications community on the role of 5G, including how it compares to 4G LTE, the initial use cases, the expected impacts on user operations and the likely market availability of such solutions.

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Cumbria Police embraces ‘TETRA radio refresh’

10 November 2021

Cumbria Police has deployed a new range of Sepura SC21 hand portable radios to its police officer roles and SCG22 mobile radios in its vehicles as part of a “TETRA radio refresh”.

The transition to the SC21 and SCG22 devices began with a trial undertaken during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and saw Sepura use a ‘provisioning service’, meaning the radios were preprogrammed and delivered to force headquarters ready to deploy as part of a “safe and accelerated transition”.

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