United Kingdom cyber security head voices confidence in relationship with Huawei

Marco Green
February 22, 2019

He further said no government of any country has given any solid evidence suggesting security concerns with Huawei's equipment.

In his address to the Munich Security Conference last Saturday US Vice-President Mike Pence also raised the issue of Huawei, repeating the US assertion that it posed a threat because of a Chinese law requiring telecom companies to share information with the government. It wasn't quite the briefing that I got about them (Huawei).

Britain can handle the security risks involved with using mobile networks made by China's Huawei, the cybersecurity chief said Wednesday, adding to a growing debate among countries on whether the company should be banned, as the USA wants.

Large amounts of money and resources are at stake as Huawei is deeply involved in European telecoms networks.

Pressure from the United States on its allies, including the UK, to dump Huawei has increased in recent months.

The Chinese government has denied it would demand access to Huawei's technology for spying, and the company has said it would refuse such a request.

Britain is a particularly appealing target for interference as a close U.S. ally with a large Chinese ethnic community and an open, advanced economy, Parton said.

Tension and speculation concerning Ottawa's coming decision on 5G have been heightened by the December arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver following a request from USA authorities and the subsequent detention of two Canadians by China on security grounds.

UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), an arm of the UK's GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) foreign intelligence agency responsible for detecting and dealing with cyber threats, has drafted a report against arguments for banning Huawei's 5G technology from its networks, according to a BBC report this week.

"Some politicians have turned either 5G or cyber security into political or ideological discussions, which I believe are not sustainable". USA officials believe that the technology could one day be used by Chinese intelligence for spying.

Chennai: Chinese consumer electronics major Huawei said it has not received any notification from government departments over issues surrounding security.

Britain is a key battleground for Huawei in its campaign to resist US pressure in Europe.

"The approach that the GCSB takes and what the legislation. sets out is agnostic about country, agnostic about company and ownership".

Other operators in Europe, including Britain's BT and France's Orange, have already removed Huawei's equipment or taken steps to limit its future use.

"We must have higher standards of cyber security across the entire telecommunications sector", Martin said.

Top British cybersecurity officials are reportedly confident they can manage any risks from Huawei's telecommunications equipment, but a report published Wednesday by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a top security think tank, said that would be a mistake.

But he insisted the NCSC is closely monitoring Huawei and said it would not give the all-clear unless there is sufficient evidence.

The report cited "two people familiar with the conclusion", who had been reached by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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