Intelligence services struggle to hire staff
Finding suitably qualified new staff continues to be a problem for the intelligence community, the parliamentary intelligence committee has underscored in its latest annual report. [...]
Signals Intelligence, or SIGINT, is the interception of telecommunications that has become an increasingly central part of intelligence-gathering. Depending on the country, SIGINT is carried out by a dedicated agency – such as the NSA in the US or GCHQ in the United Kingdom – or by specific departments in intelligence services – such as the technical departments of France’s DGSE or Germany’s BND. Edward Snowden’s revelations about bulk data collection by the NSA has created mixed feelings about the role of SIGINT in modern society. Since digital communications are increasingly encrypted, SIGINT needs ever more powerful calculators for decryption.
Committed to a vast programme to strengthen its space capacities as Russia and China race to do the same, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has introduced a string of initiatives to protect its intelligence and communication satellites. [...]
In less than a year, technical intelligence and interceptions, or SIGINT, in the United Arab Emirates has been totally reorganised, with offensive and defensive operations now separate. The move has had a knock-on effect on the private sector, as Intelligence Online reports. [...]
The discreet cyber-investigation startup Senpai Technologies is poised to join the cyber-intelligence alliance Intellexa, which includes Israel's WiSpear and France's Nexa Technologies, increasing its mass to compete with sector leaders such as NSO and Verint. [...]