China’s National Cyber Security Powerhouse Strategy

China has a strategy to become a cyber security powerhouse. Since 2017, it has been building a National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) - a 15-square-mile campus in Wuhan that will serve as school, research lab, incubator, and talent cultivator. 

The site includes seven centers for research, talent cultivation, and entrepreneurship; two government-focused laboratories; and a National Cybersecurity School. 

In particular,  China aims to reduce its reliance on foreign cyber technology and new report by Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), examines the NCC.

Currently China’s military faces a shortage of cyber operators as the country has a deficit of at least 1.4 million cyber security professionals which is a problem for the military’s ability to recruit qualified candidates. The NCC will help address the shortage by cultivating talent. The center’s “leading mission” is the National Cybersecurity School, whose first class of 1,300 students will graduate in 2022. Ultimately, China's policymakers hope to see 2,500 graduates each year, though by when remains unclear. 

Combined, both components of the NCC could train more than a half-million professionals in a decade. Even half that number would still help overcome the talent gap. However, currently China’s current system for innovation in the cyber domain will not meet its strategic goals. Chinese strategists say that disrupting communications within these systems is key to deterring military engagement. No single tool will establish an asymmetric advantage. Instead, China must reliably produce attack types for each system targeted. There are no silver bullets, but a workforce capable of significant innovation is critical to implementing the strategy. Students and startups can solicit business guidance and investment funds at the NCC’s Incubator. Besides supporting private-sector innovation, two other components of the NCC support government-focused research. 

Leaked documents revealed occasional close cooperation between the US government and technology companies and China wants have effective local replacements for foreign software to protect its military and critical infrastructure from foreign interference. 

If the NCC is successful at spurring innovation, the pipeline may ease adoption of locally made products and facilitate the replacement of foreign technology. 

Over the long run, the NCC’s talent cultivation efforts will likely impact the dynamics of nation-state cyber competition. China’s competitors should be prepared to respond to, but not to mimic, these developments. US policymakers could turn toward machine-learning to identify intrusions and defend network defenses. But it must determine a course of action quickly. 

Georgetown University CSET:      Perma:      Perma:       DefenseOne:        Wired

You Might Also Read: 

Data Privacy Is Key To The Technology Battle With China:

 

« CYRIN's New Cyber Security Training Partnership
Hackers Steal UK Firearms Data »

Quartz Conference
CyberSecurity Jobsite
Perimeter 81

Directory of Suppliers

MIRACL

MIRACL

MIRACL provides the world’s only single step Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) which can replace passwords on 100% of mobiles, desktops or even Smart TVs.

IT Governance

IT Governance

IT Governance is a leading global provider of information security solutions. Download our free guide and find out how ISO 27001 can help protect your organisation's information.

Practice Labs

Practice Labs

Practice Labs is an IT competency hub, where live-lab environments give access to real equipment for hands-on practice of essential cybersecurity skills.

CSI Consulting Services

CSI Consulting Services

Get Advice From The Experts: * Training * Penetration Testing * Data Governance * GDPR Compliance. Connecting you to the best in the business.

ZenGRC

ZenGRC

ZenGRC - the first, easy-to-use, enterprise-grade information security solution for compliance and risk management - offers businesses efficient control tracking, testing, and enforcement.

Tanium

Tanium

Tanium is an endpoint security and systems management company.

Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC)

Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC)

LECC is designed to assist police, digital forensic investigators, detectives, and prosecutors who are investigating and preventing crimes that involve technology.

Luxar Tech

Luxar Tech

Luxar's network visibility products enable enterprises and service providers to monitor network traffic, improve security and optimize efficiency.

Atea

Atea

Atea is the market leader in IT infrastructure for businesses and public-sector organizations in Europe’s Nordic and Baltic regions.

Guidewire

Guidewire

Guidewire Cyence™ Risk Analytics is a cloud-native economic cyber risk modeling solution built to help the insurance industry quantify cyber risk exposures.

Identillect Technologies

Identillect Technologies

Identillect Technologies provide a user-friendly secure email solution to protect critical information, with an emphasis on simplicity.

PerimeterX

PerimeterX

PerimeterX is the leading provider of solutions that secure digital businesses against automated fraud and client-side attacks.

Qufaro

Qufaro

Qufaro is a new initiative designed to make it simpler for those with career ambitions in cyber security to access the UK’s cyber-specific education and innovation opportunities.

CI-CERT

CI-CERT

CI-CERT is the national Computer Incident Response Team for Cote d'Ivoire.

Elron Electronic Industries

Elron Electronic Industries

Elron partner with early stage ventures to build companies that transform lives and industries. Our main areas of focus are Medical Devices and Cyber.

Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual

Liberty Specialty Markets offers specialty and commercial insurance and reinsurance products, including Cyber, across the USA, Europe, Middle East and other international locations.

Panacea Infosec

Panacea Infosec

Panacea Infosec is a leading provider of information security compliance services. We help our clients in protecting their data, reducing security risks and fighting cybercrime.

The ATOM Group

The ATOM Group

ATOM builds and secures technology for regulated industries. We design and build for a future we can all trust.

GuardYoo

GuardYoo

GuardYoo's SaaS platform allows cybersecurity professionals to perform Compromise Assessment remotely from anywhere in the world.

Surfshark

Surfshark

Surfshark is a cybersecurity company focused on developing humanized privacy & security protection solutions to secure people's digital lives.

MetaWeb Ventures

MetaWeb Ventures

MetaWeb Ventures is a global venture capital firm focused on pre-seed and seed investments in crypto start-ups.