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'We're not omnipotent,' trills National Cyber Security Centre in open-armed pitch to UK

Cyber UK 2019

"We're talking about how to design telecoms systems properly for the long term," National Cyber Security Centre CEO Ciaran Martin told press at UK.gov's infosec event in Glasgow today.

"That is a bigger and sometimes different issue from the Chinese."

Martin was careful to distinguish between the generalised "China is a cybersecurity threat" view and the NCSC's specific technical remit, drawing a clear line between the two. While China, Russia and other cyber-naughty states are definitely on NCSC's (and thus GCHQ's) radar, they are secondary – in the public messaging, at least – to purely technical considerations.

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