Huawei has opened its 7th and largest Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan, China, with representatives from GSMA, SUSE, the British Standards Institution, and regulators from the UAE and Indonesia speaking at the opening ceremony. During the opening ceremony, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, head of cyber security, UAE, delivered a keynote on the importance of cyber cooperation for a resilient and vibrant digital future.
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 organizations, and other stakeholders to jointly strengthen cyber security across the industry.
“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 digitalization 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.
During his speech, Hu also emphasized the importance of cybersecurity and shared responsibility to Huawei. Huawei has been committed to cooperative cybersecurity as early as 2000. There are now more than 3,000 cybersecurity R&D personnel in Huawei. Moreover, Huawei's annual R&D investment in cyber security and privacy protection accounts for about 5% of its total R&D expenses.
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 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.
H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, head of cyber security, UAE, said, “A public-private partnership will be critical to build collaboration among private, public and government entities so as to establish a globally trusted digital oasis in the UAE.”
To further a unified approach to cyber security in the telecoms industry, organizations like GSMA and 3GPP have also been working with industry stakeholders to 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 secure networks.
Mats Granryd, director general of GSMA, spoke at the opening of Huawei's new center. “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 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.”
Hu also highlighted the importance of knowledge sharing. 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.
Hu emphasized that the more knowledge and best practices we share, the more effectively we can strengthen cyber security as a community.
According to Huawei, the baseline covers 15 categories, 54 requirements, and 112 specific implementation instructions and interpretations, ensuring the high-quality, security, and trustworthiness of Huawei products. It includes 4 categories of legal compliance requirements (prevention of backdoors, prevention of malware and malicious behaviors, protection of user privacy and protection of communication freedom) and 11 categories of security and functional assurance requirements (including secure coding, compilation, sensitive data protection, encryption, secure boot, integrity protection, and lifecycle management).
“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 cyber security baselines. Together, we can continuously improve product security across the industry.”
At present, the industry still lacks a standards-based, coordinated approach, especially when it comes to governance, technical capabilities, certification, and collaboration.
“Cybersecurity risk is a shared responsibility,” concluded Ken Hu in his opening remarks. “Governments, standards organizations, and technology providers need to work closer together to develop a unified understanding of cyber security 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.”
Two years ago, Huawei opened a similar center in Brussels, with others located in the UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the UAE.
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