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IT giant Huawei has established its largest-ever Cyber Security and Privacy Transparency Center in Dongguan, China at an event. The opening event was highlighted by the presence of the representatives from GSMA, SUSE, the British Standards Institution, and regulators from the UAE and Indonesia that hinted at its global influence.
Besides transparency center, Huawei also unveiled its Product Cybersecurity Baseline. This is the first time Huawei has released its product security baseline framework and management practices to the industry. Huawei expects these new services to address security concerns raised by global tech firms. It believes its cybersecurity will help customers, suppliers, standard organizations, and all stakeholders to jointly strengthen cybersecurity across China.
“Cybersecurity is more important than ever,” said Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, at the opening of the Dongguan center. “As an industry, we need to work together, share best practices, and build our collective capabilities in governance, standards, technology, and verification. We need to give both the general public and regulators a reason to trust in the security of the products and services they use on a daily basis. Together, we can strike the right balance between security and development in an increasingly digital world.”
Over the last few years, Huawei has accelerated its effort to maximize cybersecurity. After the US sanctions and growing questions over its equipment’s vulnerability, the company has invested heavily in its security measures. After the 5G network proliferation, however, cybersecurity becomes more important than ever.
The global trend is turning towards industry digitization and the latest innovations such as 5G and advanced AI. The result is, cyberspace has become more complex than ever. As smart devices have proliferated after COVID-19, online activities are subject to more cyber threats than ever. As technologies widen and develop further, cybersecurity poses more risks.
Huawei’s new Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center will address the growing cybersecurity issues. It will become a common platform for industry stakeholders to share their expertise in cyber governance and coordinate solutions together.
The center will help stakeholders demonstrate solutions, share experience, and communicate security issues and also support security testing and verification. Huawei says its center will open up for regulators, third-party testing organizations, and standard organizations. Meanwhile, Huawei will also entertain its customers, partners, and suppliers.
To further strengthen cybersecurity in the telecoms industry, global organizations like GSMA and 3GPP have been working together with industry stakeholders to promote NESAS Security Assurance Specifications and independent certifications. Such baselines have enjoyed wide acceptance in the telecom industry worldwide. Huawei believes cooperation between organizations will contribute to the development and verification of secure networks.
Mats Granryd, Director General of GSMA, was among the attendees at the opening of Huawei’s new center. He said, “The delivery of existing and new services in the 5G era will rely heavily on the connectivity provided by mobile networks and will fundamentally depend on the underlying technology being secure and trusted”. “Initiatives such as the GSMA 5G Cybersecurity Knowledge Base, designed to help stakeholders understand and mitigate network risks, and NESAS, an industry-wide security assurance framework, are designed to facilitate improvements in network equipment security levels across the sector.” He further added.
Besides the center, Huawei also launched its Product Cyber Security Baseline for the first time. It is Huawei’s culmination of over a decade of experience in product security management. The baseline incorporates a broad range of external regulations, technical standards, and regulatory requirements.
Huawei’s Baseline, together with its governance configurations, helps strengthen the quality, security, and trustworthiness of the company’s products. Huawei has built over 1,500 networks that connect more than three billion people across 170 countries. Huawei says none of these networks have ever suffered a major security mishap.
Consistent with its ‘collective effort, Huawei will share its baseline framework with the entire industry to strengthen its trust as well as security measures on its products. “This is the first time we’ve shared our security baseline framework with the entire industry, not just core suppliers,” said Sean Yang, Director of Huawei’s Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Office. “We want to invite all stakeholders, including customers, regulators, standards organizations, technology providers, and testing organizations, to join us in discussing and working on cybersecurity baselines. Together, we can continuously improve product security across the industry.” he elaborated.
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Huawei reasoned there is the absence of a standards-based, coordinated approach when it comes to governance, technical credentials, certification, and joint collaboration in the industry.
Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman/Rotating Chairman at Huawei Technologies Co. said, in his opening speech declared “Cybersecurity risk is a shared responsibility.” He further maintained, “Governments, standards organizations, and technology providers need to work together to develop a unified understanding of cybersecurity challenges. This must be an international effort. We need to set shared goals, align responsibilities, and work together to build a trustworthy digital environment that meets the challenges of today and tomorrow.”
Huawei is the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer with its product and services available in 170 countries. The Chinese firm is also a key player in the development of fifth-gen cellular technology worldwide.
Huawei’s latest investments in Cyber Security and Privacy Transparency Center as well as its sharing of the baseline framework will help solidify its trust among customers worldwide and maintain its lead as the leader in the telecommunication equipment business.
Huawei has also launched its cross-device HarmonyOS 2 that integrates functions across devices in its super device ecosystem. Developing all-across security centers will highlight its commitment towards user’s data privacy and build on its public image.