Huawei grinds up charm offensive with cyber security white paper

UK is 'open' to Chinese businesses

Following chancellor George Osborne's visit to its headquarters in China last week, global networking firm Huawei has released a Cyber Security White Paper "designed to inform on-going discussions on how the global industry can address cyber security challenges".

The white paper discusses how to make cyber security "a part of a company's DNA" and calls for common international cyber security standards to be agreed upon and implemented globally".

Osborne this week said the UK was open for investment from Chinese companies, and visited Huawei's headquarters to re-inforce the government's commitment to carry on doing business with the company, despite concerns in some quarters about its close links to the Chinese military, and fears that its technology in the UK's critical national communications infrastructure could pose a security threat.

BT, which controls a large portion of that critical comms infrastructure is already a close partner of the expanding Chinese networking company, using its hardware in the networks. Huawei also recently acquired one of the UK's most important optical networking research facilities in Suffolk, which it is now expanding, bringing more engineering jobs to the operation.

Huawei said there had been a "significant shift globally" towards greater cooperation on cyber security issues, and that more countries have adopted a "pragmatic approach" by adding security laws and regulations development to their agenda.

Huawei's white paper provides a practical overview of the approach it takes to the design, build and deployment of technology. This includes cyber security considerations, day-to-day processes and standards, staff management, R&D, security verification, third-party supplier management, manufacturing, delivery and traceability.

John Suffolk, global cyber security officer at Huawei, said: "It is with an eye to the future that we recognise and embrace the need for international industry standards for cyber security."

"Our most modest hope is that this white paper serves as a catalyst for broader, collaborative and rationally-informed public-private dialogue to meet common cyber security goals and objectives."

Suffolk said: "Our commitment to openness and transparency drives everything we do and we believe the more people who review, consider, assess and question our policies and procedures, the greater the promotion and impact on our ability to deliver better quality products and services.

"Huawei will continue to work with governments, customers and other stakeholders to meet their cyber security assurance requirements in an open, collaborative and transparent way."

The White Paper can be accessed via a download here.

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