Huawei opens global cyber security centre in China

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:25, Jun 11,2021

 
 

Ken Hu, Huawei’s rotating chairman, addresses the opening of the Huawei global cyber security centre in China recently. — Press Release Photo

Huawei opened its largest global cyber security and privacy protection transparency center in Dongguan, China recently, with representatives from GSMA, SUSE, the British Standards Institution, and regulators from the UAE and Indonesia speaking at the opening ceremony.

Along with the opening of the new center, Huawei also released its product cyber security baseline, marking the first time the company has made its product security baseline framework and management practices available to the industry as a whole.

These actions are part of the company’s broader efforts to engage with customers, suppliers, standards organisations, and other stakeholders to jointly strengthen cyber security across the industry, said a release on Friday.

‘Cyber security 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 past few years, industry digitalisation and new technologies like 5G and AI have made cyberspace more complex than ever, compounded by the fact that people have been spending a greater portion of their lives online throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. These trends have led to a rise in new cyber security risks.

Huawei opened the new centre in Dongguan to address these issues, providing a platform for industry stakeholders to share expertise in cyber governance and work on technical solutions together.

The center is designed to demonstrate solutions and share experience, facilitate communication and joint innovation, and support security testing and verification. It will be open to regulators, independent third-party testing organizations, and standards organizations, as well as Huawei customers, partners, and suppliers.

Mats Granryd, director General of GSMA, spoke at the opening of Huawei’s new centre.

At the event, Huawei also released its product cyber security baseline, the culmination of over a decade of experience in product security management, incorporating a broad range of external regulations, technical standards, and regulatory requirements. The Baseline, together with Huawei’s other governance mechanisms, helps ensure the quality, security, and trustworthiness of the company’s products. Over the years, Huawei has built over 1,500 networks that connect more than three billion people across 170 countries and regions. None of these networks have ever experienced a major security incident.

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