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December 5, 2010

Huawei unveils new Cyber Security Evaluation Centre in UK

A key part of Huawei's end-to-end global security assurance system

By CBR Staff Writer

Huawei, a provider of next-generation telecommunications network offerings, has established its Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (CSEG) in Banbury, UK.

The company said that its end-to-end equipment, both hardware and software offerings, will be tested in the centre to ensure its ability to withstand growing cyber security threats.

China’s Huawei is working to build and implement a state-of-the-art, end-to-end cyber security assurance system that will further protect equipment and network operations.

A spokesperson from CSEG said one of centre’s roles is to work with selected telecoms vendors, like Huawei, operating within the UK market.

"CSEG will work with Huawei to ensure their products meet UK government security standards, and this security centre will not work in isolation," the spokesperson said.

"Robust operational management and network architectures will also contribute to enabling the UK to benefit from new technology whilst tackling the cyber security risks."

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Huawei CSEG managing director John Frieslaar said this new centre is a key part of Huawei’s end-to-end global security assurance system, and it is like a glasshouse – transparent, readily accessible, and open to regulators and our customers.

"The establishment of this Centre demonstrates our commitment to building mutual trust in the area of cyber security and to continuously delivering high-quality and reliable communications networks to our customers in the UK," Frieslaar said.

Huawei SVP of and Huawei Global Network Security Committee chairman Ken Hu said the practice of the UK government will not only play a positive role in facilitating the continuous development of the UK telecom industry, but will also become a benchmark in the area of cyber security worldwide.

Telecoms networks are becoming increasingly open, integrated, and vulnerable to security threats, with the rise of IP-based telecoms networks, increased business integration and the proliferation of smart devices.

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