‘Don’t weaponise the net’ warns former NCSC cyber-chief Ciaran Martin

In cyber-space, a strong defence should take precedence over arming ourselves with new weapons, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)’s ex-chief has warned.

Ciaran Martin added that we “weaponise” and “militarise the internet at our peril”.

His remarks follow reports of the use of offensive cyber-techniques by nations, including the UK.

Mr Martin said he was not a digital pacifist, but he urged restraint.

“The case for cyber-restraint is a hard-headed one,” he said in a lecture to the Strand Group, part of King’s College.

“A more secure digital environment is the best guarantor of safety and security for Western countries in the digital age.”

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The NCSC is the defensive arm of the intelligence agency GCHQ, Mr Martin was the division’s first chief executive, and stepped down from the role in September.

Source: BBC News

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