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Cyber security and privacy center launched in Dongguan, China

Huawei launches its biggest global cyber security and privacy center in China

MANILA – 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, as well as regulators from the UAE and Indonesia where they spoke at the opening ceremony.

In a statement from Dongguan, China, it was learned aside from the new center, Huawei also released its product security baseline framework and management practices available to the industry. These programs are part of the company’s broader efforts to engage with customers, suppliers, standards organizations, and other stakeholders to strengthen cyber security within the industry.

“Cyber security is more important than ever,” said Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, at the opening of the Dongguan center. He added as an industry, there is a need to work together, share best practices and build 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,” he explained.

It will be recalled over the past few years, industry digitalization and new technologies including 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 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These trends have led to a rise in new cyber security risks.

Huawei opened the new Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan to address these issues, providing a platform for industry stakeholders to share their expertise in cyber governance and work in technical solutions together. It 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, along with Huawei customers, partners, and suppliers.

Organizations like GSMA and 3GPP have also been working with industry stakeholders to further promote NESAS Security Assurance Specifications and independent certifications. These baselines have seen wide acceptance in the industry, and will play an important role in the development and verification of security networks.

Mats Granryd, GSNA director general spokes at the opening rites.

“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,” he said. Initiatives including 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.

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, along with Huawei’s other governance mechanisms, helps ensure the quality, security, and trustworthiness of the company’s products.

Huawei, over the years, built over 1,500 networks that connect more than three billion people across 170 countries and regions. None of these networks have experienced major security incidents. (Melo M. Acuña)

Mr. Ken HU, Huawei's Rotating Chairman, speaks at the opening of Huawei Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan, China. (Huawei photos)

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