Huawei officially opened its seventh and the world’s largest cybersecurity and transparency center in Dongguan, Guangdong, as reported by Caixin on June 10. The center serves three functions: display and experience, communication and innovation, as well as security verification services. Huawei will open those services to its customers and third-party testing organizations. In the meantime, regulators, standard-setting organizations, partners, suppliers, and others can communicate with Huawei on cybersecurity issues in the Dongguan center.
Huawei started to build such cybersecurity and transparency centers a decade ago to ease Western concern about the data security of its products. In 2010, Huawei established its first regional cybersecurity assessment center in the UK, allowing the British government to review the source codes of its products without charging fees. Following that, the firm built other centers in German and Belgium. Huawei also provides tools and trains relevant personnel in technical skills to help them examine its products. Moreover, the Chinese firm runs a dedicated test cloud that allows outsiders to test Huawei’s products year-round.
However, Huawei admitted that because of the global sanctions pushed by the US and some other geopolitical factors, the usage of cybersecurity and transparency centers is still limited. For instance, the UK announced that it would ban the use of Huawei equipment from its 5G network system in July 2020. This limitation brings Huawei a big challenge. To deal with it, Huawei is supporting the NESAS/SCAS security standard and assessment methodology led by industry groups GSMA and 3GPP, and passed the review of the first stage. Aiming at a common and unified baseline for security testing around the world, Huawei hopes that governments will adopt the standards in the future so that Huawei products can enter their markets.