Possible To Contain Huawei Risk In 5G: UK Security Chief

It would be possible to contain the potential risk of security of making use of telecommunication equipments from the Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei in the upcoming new 5G mobile networks in the Unite3d Kingdom, UK security chiefs have advised claimed media reports. The comments were made even as there is more warnings from the United States about the possibility of Chinese agencies snooping on western telecommunication networks using equipment supplied by the Chinese company.

There has been increasing pressure on eth UK and other allies by the US to persuade them refraining from the use of telecommunication equipment in the process of establishing of 5G technology and networks especially in the critical infrastructure and had argued that it would be a huge security risk to national safety in terms of Chinese spying.

Huawei on its part has said on more than one occasion that it is a privately owned and operated company and has no links with any Chinese agencies or the Communist Party of China or the Chinese government. Many countries of the world already use its equipment in their 4G mobile networks, the Chinese firm under the scanner has said.

However there are still lingering concerns about the not so secure nature of its infrastructure and which could possibly allow Chinese intelligence agencies to gain access to sensitive information through backdoor openings in the systems using Huawei equipment. Such allegations have been denied by the Chinese firm.

The company has however already been completely banned from participating in the setting up of the new 5G networks in the US, New Zealand and Australia.

But if reports are to be believed, the advise that the security risk posed by the interference by the Chinese government should be manageable would be given by the National Cyber Security Centre which is a wing of GCHQ. This agency has been sceptical of the security threat that is posed by the equipment and technology of Huawei. However the Accoridng ot a report in eth Financial Times, the agency is most likely to suggest manageability of the possible security threats from the use of equipment supplied by Huawei.

The suggestion means that the path that would be taken by the UK with respect to its approach towards Huawei would not be in line with the one that had been taken by other nations and allies which is to impose a complete ban on the Chinese company from participating in development of 5G technology. An outright ban (on Huawei) might not be necessary, said Sir Alex Younger, the MI6 chief, while speaking in Munich at a security conference last week. He however also added that the matter was “complicated”.

“The National Cyber Security Centre is committed to the security of UK networks, and we have a unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber-security. As was made clear in July’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) oversight board, the NCSC has concerns around Huawei’s engineering and security capabilities. We have set out the improvements we expect the company to make,” a NCSC spokesperson told the media.

(Adapted from TheGuardian.com)

Categories: Geopolitics, Regulations & Legal, Strategy, Uncategorized

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