Huawei cybersecurity lab launches in Brussels amid US spying allegations

Chinese telecom firm Huawei has officially opened up a cybersecurity lab in Brussels as it attempts to win over EU leaders and dispel US allegations that its equipment poses a threat to national security, according to a Reuters report.

Company executives inaugurated the Huawei Cybersecurity Transparency Centre, which will allow governments and companies to review their products and source code.

The launch comes amid rising tensions between the US and China over Huawei Technologies, owners of the world’s largest telecoms infrastructure for new high-speed 5G networks.

The US has been lobbying allies to ban Huawei because of concerns that its equipment could be used to facilitate digital espionage by China’s government.

Earlier this week, its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, sued the Canadian government over her arrest in December, and the firm is now reportedly suing the US government over the ban of its 5G equipment.

Brussels security lab

At the opening in Brussels on Tuesday (March.5th), Huawei chairman, Ken Hu, urged governments, the telecoms industry, and regulators to collaborate and create a common set of cybersecurity standards.

“Trust needs to be based on facts, facts must be verifiable, and verification must be based on common standards,” said Hu. “We believe that this is an effective model to build trust for the digital era.”

The firm opened up a similar centre in Bonn, Germany, in November, and runs a government-run British testing site, the Huawei Cybersecurity Evaluation Centre, which opened up in 2010 and has since monitored the potential cybersecurity threats raised by a number of UK telecom companies.

These cybersecurity centres are designed to allow members from governments, as well as different companies, to not only test its source code but to examine its software and product solutions for any backdoors or other vulnerabilities.

Cybersecurity standards

“The fact is that both the public and private sectors lack a basic common understanding of this issue,” Hu said, according to Reuters. “As a result, different stakeholders have different expectations and there is no alignment of responsibilities.”

“As a whole, the industry lacks a unified set of technical standards for security, as well as systems for verification,” Hu was quoted by Reuters as telling a press conference. “This is complicated by the globalisation of the value chain.”

Hu reportedly said a common standard, verified legally and technically, would help create trust in the industry.

 

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