Global Technology firm, Huawei Technologies has reiterated its commitment to the highest standards for cyber security, which the firm says will remain a key cornerstone for its global business.
According to Huawei Technologies Deputy Chairman of the Board and Rotating CEO Eric XU, the firm is investing at least $2billion to enhance its software engineering capabilities as the cornerstone that enables Huawei to realize its long-term aspiration.
Speaking when he addressed international media corps from the United Kingdom last week, Xu cited the firm’s collaborative partnerships with the UK Government as a key indicator of the commitment to maintain global ethical standards relating to technology solutions and applications.
“Some politicians have turned either 5G or cyber security into political or ideological discussions, which I believe are not sustainable. I believe technology is technology. Ultimately, it will depend on scientists and engineers to make it happen.” Xu said, adding that, “Huawei’s collaboration with the UK government and also the UK industry has been a role model of China-UK cooperation.”
Xu elaborated that: “The UK government has had concerns about the security of Huawei’s equipment. That’s the very reason that Huawei has worked together with the UK government in putting in place the CSEC, Cyber Security Evaluation Center, to embark on partnerships to address those concerns. So, this is a model of open collaboration between the UK government and Huawei to address the concerns around Huawei equipment deployed in UK networks.”
Xu explained that this whole discussion around the backdoor was long addressed in the UK when Huawei decided to deliver its source code to the UK for testing. The CSEC looked at Huawei products to see how strong Huawei products are to prevent themselves against attacks, penetration, and other possible threats, and Huawei has spent eight years to improve its products’ defensive capabilities against possible attacks and possible penetration. Through the efforts of those past years, Huawei today is the strongest in terms of those dimensions, and that is not something that we ourselves claim. It’s based on objective and extensive assessment and testing by Cigital, a US company that is specialized in this area.
Xu explained that in order to protect cyber security of the UK and well serve the British people, GCHQ has put in place a whole series of systems and mechanisms to ensure solid management and regulation of mobile communication networks. Technical judgments should be made on a clear-eyed view of the potential threat. It should not be simply politicized.
“Essentially, we will take the future standards and future requirements to rebuild our process of software production, and we are going to follow those future standards as we work to refactor our legacy code. The $2billion would be used primarily for legacy code refactoring, training or upskilling of R&D engineers, so that in the next three to five years, Huawei can truly build products that would be trusted by governments and by customers, so as to support and sustain Huawei’s long-term development.,” concluded Mr. Xu.