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Huawei opens cyber security testing centre in Brussels

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Huawei deputy chairman Ken Hu speaks at the opening of the cyber security centre in Brussels on Tuesday. Huawei deputy chairman Ken Hu speaks at the opening of the cyber security centre in Brussels on Tuesday. Courtesy Huawei

Chinese telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei Technologies has opened a cyber security testing centre in Brussels, with the company's deputy chairman saying that trust in cyber security is a major challenge globally in the digital era.

Ken Hu told a gathering of representatives from the European Union, the mobile trade body GSMA and the World Economic Forum, who also spoke at the opening, that, "Trust needs to be based on facts, facts must be verifiable, and verification must be based on common standards. We believe that this is an effective model to build trust for the digital era."

Peter Kouroumbashev, Member of the European Parliament said, "With its new mandate, ENISA will be empowered with new technical capabilities. This is an excellent opportunity to work on a cyber security certification scheme for 5G that could be applicable worldwide.

"Moreover, in order to avoid fragmentation across the Union, we need to have privacy by design, not privacy by country for ICT products and services in Europe."

The new centre will exhibit Huawei's end-to-end cyber security practices, from strategies and supply chain to R&D and products and solutions. Visitors will be able to experience cyber security with Huawei's products and solutions, in areas including 5G, IoT, and cloud.

The centre will also facilitate communication between Huawei and key stakeholders on cyber security strategies. The company has said it will work with industry partners to explore and promote the development of security standards and verification mechanisms.

A product security testing and verification platform and related services will also be provided to Huawei customers.

Huawei already has similar centres in Canada and the UK. An offer to set up a centre in Australia from 2012 onwards has been rejected.

Australia announced a ban on Huawei and another Chinese firm, ZTE Corporation, in August last year. Britain, which has had a long association with Huawei, said recently that any risk posed by the Chinese company was manageable.

Apart from the US which has led the way in banning Huawei, only New Zealand has said it would block a move by telco Spark to use Huawei gear in its 5G rollout. But Wellington has now indicated that this is not the end of the matter.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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