Huawei in Second Cyber-Security Report: We're No Government Mole
Huawei, accused by U.S. lawmakers of spying for the Chinese government, asserts its transparency and security focus in a new white paper.Chinese telecom firm Huawei continues to try to clear its name and compete as a respected vendor in the worldwide market, after the U.S. House Intelligence Committee last October warned that Huawei poses a security risk. The Committee advised U.S. businesses involved in critical infrastructure, such as financial and utilities, not to use components from Huawei or ZTE, another Chinese firm. Huawei released its second cyber-security white paper Oct. 18, which it used to describe how it's making cyber-security a part of its DNA, and to insist that the company has no ties to the Chinese government and has never spied, as has been suggested. Ken Hu, deputy chairman of the Huawei board and chairman of Huawei's Global Cyber Security Committee, addresses the matter directly in a foreward to the report. He wrote: "We can confirm that we have never received any instructions or requests from any Government or their agencies to change our positions, policies, procedures, hardware, software or employment practices or anything else, other than suggestions to improve our end-to-end security capability. We can confirm that we have never been asked to provide access to our technology, or provide any data or information on any citizen or organization to any Government, or their agencies. "We confirm our company's unswerving commitment to continuing to work with all stakeholders to enhance our capability and effectiveness in designing, developing and deploying secure technology," the report continued.
Huawei defended itself after the U.S. House Intelligence Committee report—in which lawmakers said that they tried to work with Huawei and ZTE, but both provided "incomplete, contradictory and evasive responses.