Offensive operations will continue apace in the foreseeable future—conducted by the United States, its allies and its adversaries. The choice is whether and how to engage in them responsibly and minimize cost to societies.
Perri Adams is a computer security researcher who works with U.S. Government entities to provide subject matter expertise. She focuses on reverse engineering, vulnerability discovery, exploitation and program analysis techniques, as well as U.S. cyber policy. An alumna of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Perri is a proud member of RPISEC and frequently competes in Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions, including DEF CON CTF Finals in 2018 and 2020.
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While there is widespread agreement that Huawei devices in 5G infrastructure pose some risk to the U.S. and allied nations, the policy community—in particular the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre—has paid insufficient attention to the technical aspects. The discussion must examine not simply whether China would use this technology maliciously, but the specific threats that Huawei equipment could pose and the extent to which these threats can be mitigated.