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Huawei Opens Its Largest Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in China

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Representatives from the GSMA, SUSE, the British Standards Institution, and authorities from the UAE and Indonesia spoke at Huawei's biggest Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center's inauguration event in Dongguan, China.

Huawei also released its Product Cyber Security Baseline in conjunction with the launching of the new center, marking the first time the firm has made its product security available in the industry as a whole has access to a baseline structure and management techniques. These action are part of the company's larger efforts to collaborate with customers, suppliers, standards organizations, and other industry stakeholders to increase cyber security.

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"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." Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman, speaks at the opening of Huawei's Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan, China

Industry digitization and new technologies like 5G and AI have made cyberspace more complex than ever in recent years, aggravated by the fact that individuals have been spending more time online during the COVID-19 epidemic. As a result of these shifts, new cyber security threats have emerged.

To address these concerns, Huawei launched the new Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan, which serves as a forum for industry players to share cyber governance experience and collaborate on technological solutions. The center's purpose is to exhibit solutions and exchange knowledge, as well as to encourage communication and cooperative invention, as well as to enable security testing and verification. Regulators, independent third-party testing organizations, standards groups, as well as Huawei customers, partners, and suppliers, will be able to attend.

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."

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.

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."

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