Former NCSC cyber-chief, Ciaran Martin, says ‘Don’t weaponise the net’

The UK’s ex-chief of National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Ciaran Martin, has warned that we should avoid arming ourselves with new weapons and instead maintain a strong defence in the cyber realm. Martin added that if we do weaponise then we do so ‘at our peril’.

Martins remarks follow on from reports that nations such as the UK are using offensive cyber-techniques. Martin went on to say that although he is not a digital pacifist, he still urgest restraint.

In a lecture to the Strand Group at King’s College London Martin said “the case for cyber-restraint is a hard-headed one”. He went on to say that “a more secure digital environment is the best guarantor of safety and security for Western countries in the digital age.”

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