To address the growing challenges relating to cybersecurity and privacy protection around the globe, Huawei launched its largest Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Centre last week, in an effort to help various organisations to work together in creating a more secure cyberspace.
The Centre in Dongguan, China, is the seventh Transparency Centre that Huawei has built, with the launching ceremony attended by representatives from GSMA, SUSE, the British Standards Institution, and telecom regulators from the UAE and Indonesia.
At the event, Huawei also released its Product 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, is designed to ensure the quality, security and trustworthiness of the company's products.
This is the first time the company has made its product security baseline framework and management practices available to the industry. These actions are part of the company's broader efforts to engage with customers, suppliers, standards organisations and other stakeholders to strengthen cybersecurity across the industry.
"Cybersecurity is more important than ever," said Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman, at the opening of the Dongguan centre. "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."
Although new technologies such as 5G and AI have their benefits, they have made cyberspace more complex than ever over the past few years. Especially the fact that people have been dedicating their lives online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, it has become a trend in the rise of new cybersecurity risks.
Hence, Huawei opened the new Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Centre in Dongguan to address these issues, providing a platform for industry stakeholders to share expertise in cyber governance and work on technical solutions together.
The Transparency Centre in Dongguan is built to deliver these three main functions:
Demonstrate solutions and share experience.
Facilitate communication and joint innovation.
Provide a platform for security testing and verification.
Organisations like GSMA and 3GPP have also been working with industry stakeholders to promote NESAS Security Assurance Specifications and independent certifications to further a unified approach to cybersecurity in the telecoms industry. These baselines have seen a wide acceptance in the industry and will play an essential role in developing and verifying secure networks.
According to Mats Granryd, Director General of GSMA, 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.
"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," he explained.
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. "Governments, standards organisations and technology providers need to work closer together to develop a unified understanding of cybersecurity 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."