OSAC seminar on Risks and Shared Concerns Related to Chinese Technology Companies

May 26, 2022 | 09:00 ‒ 15:00

The U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Interior invite you to attend a conference intended to increase awareness of the risks and shared concerns related to Chinese technology companies.  An interagency panel of security experts will discuss the operational and national security risks associated with Chinese technology firms.  U.S. briefings will include a case study of Nuctech, a Chinese supplier of security inspection products.  Subject matter experts will address questions that include:

  • What are the national security risks of working with companies like Nuctech?
  • How can governments independently evaluate the security risks associated with the use of Chinese technology products?
  • What can governments do to implement legislation and policy to protect against those risks?


Event schedule is as below:

09:00     Welcome & Introduction

Moderators: Nathan Bauers, Regional Security Officer, U.S. Embassy; Silvester Soop, Advisor, Ministry of Interior

Opening remarks by:

Under Secretary Veiko Kommusaar, Ministry of Interior

Mr. Brian Roraff, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy

09:15     National security risks of untrusted vendors and mitigation options for governments

Patrick Shiflett, PhD: FBI Senior National Intelligence Officer, China

10:05     Technological assessment of Nuctech equipment

Brad HammittForeign Affairs Specialist, Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy

Jason Shergur, Ph.DVice President of Operations at IB3 Global Solutions, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

11:00     Break & Early Lunch

12:00     Estonian Overview and Assessment of National Security Implications of Untrusted Vendors

Silvester Soop: Advisor, MOI Internal Security Policy Department

Monika Reinem: China & Asia Expert, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Raavo Palu: Cybersecurity Legal Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

TBD: Estonian Internal Security Service (KAPO)

13:00    Intelligence analysis and assessment of Nuctech (Virtual)

Luc Yves Murphy: Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

14:00     Open Forum/Q&A