Huawei CEO Weighs In on Security
9:10 AM -- In its latest effort to counter claims that Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.'s technology is a security threat to countries such as the U.S., the vendor's global head of cyber security, John Suffolk, has published a blog quoting his CEO, Ren Zhengfei.
It's not significant that a Huawei executive has posted such a blog, but it is unusual for Ren, who was recently inducted into the Light Reading Hall of Fame, to be publicly quoted, as Light Reading contributing editor Robert Clark points out in this analysis. In amongst the commentary (and unnecessary corporate messaging) there are some notable quotes attributed to the CEO, including: "We are determined to make internal adjustments to ensure that our equipment is the most secure, transparent, high-quality equipment in the world."
But by whose standards? Well, Suffolk addresses that in a statement of his own, writing that Huawei must "promote independent transparent external verification of our products. Really ensuring that we use the talents eyes and hands of experts from around the world to ensure they audit, inspect, test, poke and prod our technology to reduce the likelihood of anything untoward from being included."
I wonder whether that would even be enough for the U.S. politicians, and others around the world, who want any technology associated with China kept away from their countries' communications networks.
Blogs and verbal missives are all part of the process to turn the tide and get people to trust Huawei but it's going to take a lot more to influence those that make the decisions about critical network systems.
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– Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading