In the modern era, there is great convergence in the technologies used by friendly nations and by hostile ones. Signals intelligence agencies find themselves penetrating the technologies that they also at times must protect. To ease this tension, the United States and its partners have relied on an approach sometimes called Nobody But Us, or NOBUS: target communications mechanisms using unique methods accessible only to the United States. This paper examines how the NOBUS approach works, its limits, and the challenging matter of what comes next.
Stuart Russell is a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center where he works on the Cyber Security Project. Stuart is on loan from the UK Government where he has worked in a range of roles covering technology, cybersecurity and national security. His research focus is on the interplay between cybersecurity, privacy and national security. Stuart holds a Master’s degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Durham, UK.Last Updated: May 15, 2017, 9:53am