UK Security board offers limited assurance that National Risks from Huawei can be mitigated

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Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Center (HCSEC) which offers an official evaluation for the security of the Chinese company’s products used in United Kingdom’s telecom networks has offered a limited assurance that the national risks gained from Huawei can be smartly mitigated.

The oversight board monitoring the Huawei equipment usage in the UK says that some engineering flaws in the units can bring in new cyber risks to the government.

Experts who are supervising the operations of HCSEC have come to a conclusion that the Chinese vendor did not address the flaws previously exposed by security vendors and this might haunt the usage of products from the company in near future.

These startling comments were notified in the annual report of HCSEC which discusses the progress made by the board- founded by Huawei to evaluate its products supplied to UK markets.

All the finds of the board have been submitted to the UK National Cybersecurity Center which after reviewing will be presenting the logic as an advice to the government.

The good news is that the telecom operators of the UK have already come up with a backup plan to smartly mitigate and take control of the risks of attackers who might exploit the vulnerabilities in the future.

Upon finding the response of the report, a source from Huawei said that the report doesn’t suggest that UK networks are more vulnerable than in 2017 which in-turn recognizes the effectiveness of the center.

Note- In Sept’18, a $2 billion transformation investment has been made by the Chinese vendor to enhance the software engineering capabilities of its products. So, the insights provided by the oversight board are said to prove vital for the transformation success of the HCSEC board.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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