Huawei’s technology to receive closer scrutiny from government

Oliver Smith
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THE NATIONAL security adviser published a report yesterday encouraging tighter oversight at the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC), which tests the Chinese telecoms firm’s equipment for vulnerabilities.

Huawei’s technology is deeply embedded in the UK’s telecoms infrastructure after a deal in 2005 with BT led to Huawei providing parts of its extensive broadband network. The HCSEC was set up in 2010 to ensure that this critical technology is secure.

The Prime Minister’s national security adviser, Sir Kim Darroch, in a report yesterday said: “HCSEC is a model for government collaboration with the private sector.”

But Darroch also recommended that the government’s oversight arrangements should be further strengthened, with a new oversight committee chaired by staff from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

US politicians have previously claimed that the company posed a threat because of links to China’s government and military.

In a statement Huawei said: “We are pleased that the model of the UK government, the telecom operators and Huawei working together in an open and transparent way has been recognised as the best approach for providing reassurance on the security of products and solutions deployed in the UK.”