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What is Five Eyes connectivity? (video)

10th September 2018 - 12:09 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London


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Five Eyes (FVEY) refers to an alliance that includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US. These countries are bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement for joint cooperation in defence intelligence, HUMINT and SIGINT.

This was founded following World War II and initially only included the UK and US. Around 20 agencies from across the five countries are involved in the data sharing.

In order to pass classified intelligence between all partner nations, the alliance relies on a web of communications bearers. This includes secure line-of-sight radios all the way to highly-encrypted satellite-based communications.

FVEY countries still rely on sovereign communication systems, especially in space. But there is a growing trend towards smart, hybrid networks that incorporate commercial entities and allow ‘roaming’ for users.

Growing bandwidth demands are seeing commercial providers to step in with solutions that cover a range of connectivity technologies. While commercial, these connectivity solutions incorporate high levels of resilience against cyber and jamming attacks.

For more coverage, view our dedicated Five Eyes Connectivity Special Report.

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