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Tuesday, March 05, 2019, 21:37
Huawei calls for common cybersecurity standards
By Agencies
Tuesday, March 05, 2019, 21:37 By Agencies

A Huawei employee welcomes guests touring Huawei's European Cyber Security Transparency Centre during its opening in Brussels on March 5, 2019. (EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

BRUSSELS – Chinese tech company Huawei urged on Tuesday governments, the telecoms industry and regulators to work together to create a common set of cybersecurity standards.

The call by Huawei Chairman Ken Hu came as the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker opened a cybersecurity center in Brussels, allowing its customers and governments to test Huawei’s source code, software and product solutions.

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The company has similar facilities in Britain, Bonn, Dubai, Toronto and Shenzhen.

Both trust and distrust should be based on facts, not feelings, not speculation, and not baseless rumor

 Ken Hu, Huawei chairman

"The fact is that both the public and private sectors lack a basic common understanding of this issue. As a result, different stakeholders have different expectations and there is no alignment of responsibilities," Hu told a news conference.

"As a whole, the industry lacks a unified set of technical standards for security, as well as systems for verification. This is complicated by globalization of the value chain," he said.

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

Hu, who met with European Commission digital chief Andrus Ansip on Monday, said they had discussed the possibility of setting up a cybersecurity standard along the lines of the GDPR, the landmark EU data protection law adopted last year which gives Europeans more control over their online information and applies to all companies that do business with Europeans.

Hu added all regulators, standards organizations and customers were welcome to use the center.

"Both trust and distrust should be based on facts, not feelings, not speculation, and not baseless rumor," he said.

Europe is Huawei's biggest market outside China, and the company hopes to play a key role in building the continent's 5G networks, in competition with Scandinavian rivals Ericsson and Nokia. Fifth-generation mobile networks enable lightning fast download speeds and reduce signal lag, advances that will be used in smart factories, self-driving cars and remote surgery.

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