Friday, February 8, 2019
Huawei has written to the UK parliamentary science and technology committee saying it will take up to five years to address the committe’s concerns about the integrity of its products.
“Enhancing our software engineering capabilities is like replacing components on a high-speed train in motion,” says the president of Huawei’s carrier business group, Ryan Ding, in a letter to the chairman of the science and technology committee which oversees the National Cyber Security Council (NCSC) – which runs a unit staffed by some GCHQ people which has checked out Huawei equipment for the past five years.
“It is a complicated and involved process, and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results,” adds Ding, “we hope the UK government can understand this.”
The NCSC, which has a special unit for this work called the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre, (HCSEC), says it has never found evidence of backdoors in the Huawei equipment it has reviewed.
However, in the summer, the HCSEC raised issues about it being prevented from checking internal product codes and about a components supplier used by Huawei.
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