Huawei opened their Cyber Security Transparency Centre today in Brussels, with over 200 representatives from regulators, telecom carriers, enterprises, and the media attending the event.
Representatives from the European Union, the GSMA, and the World Economic Forum spoke at the opening ceremony.
Huawei, in the spotlight over the security risks of its telecom equipment gear, urged governments, the telecoms industry and regulators to work together to create a common set of cybersecurity standards. Ken Hu, Huawei's Deputy Chairman said, "Trust needs to be based on facts, facts must be verifiable, and verification must be based on common standards. We believe that this is an effective model to build trust for the digital era."
"The lack of consensus on cyber security, technical standards, verification systems, and legislative support further exacerbates the challenges. Safeguarding cyber security is considered to be a responsibility held by all industry players and society as a whole," Hu added.
To address these challenges, Huawei has opened a Cyber Security Transparency Centre in Brussels, aiming to offer government agencies, technical experts, industry associations, and standards organizations a platform, where they can communicate and collaborate to balance out security and development in the digital era.
The Centre will showcase Huawei's end-to-end cyber security practices, from strategies and supply chain to R&D and products and solutions. This will allow visitors to experience cyber security with Huawei's products and solutions, in areas including 5G, IoT, and cloud.
The Centre will also facilitate communication between Huawei and key stakeholders on cyber security strategies and end-to-end cyber security and privacy protection practices. Huawei will work with industry partners to explore and promote the development of security standards and verification mechanisms, to facilitate technological innovation in cyber security across the industry.
Lastly, the Centre will provide a product security testing and verification platform and related services to Huawei customers.
Huawei says its cyber security transparency centres are open to customers and independent third-party testing organizations. "They are invited to perform fair, objective, and independent security tests and verifications according to industry-recognized cyber security standards and best practices," according to Huawei. These centres are equipped with dedicated testing environments, to provide customers and third parties with Huawei products, software, technical documents, testing tools, and necessary technical support.
The company has similar facilities in Britain, Bonn, Dubai, Toronto and Shenzhen.
Hu, also met with European Commission digital chief Andrus Ansip on Monday. He said they had discussed the possibility of setting up a cybersecurity standard along the lines of the GDPR, the EU data protection law adopted last year which gives Europeans more control over their online information and applies to all companies that do business with Europeans.