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Hu Houkun, Rotating Chairman of Huawei: Join Hands to Build a Safer Cyberspace

Hu Houkun, Rotating Chairman of Huawei: Join Hands to Build a Safer Cyberspace

On the afternoon of June 9, Huawei’s largest cybersecurity transparency center was officially opened in Dongguan, China. Hu Houkun, Rotating Chairman of Huawei, delivered an opening speech at the launching ceremony of the Huawei Global Cyber ​​Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center (Dongguan).

Hu Houkun, Rotating Chairman of Huawei: Join Hands to Build a Safer Cyberspace

Figure: Hu Houkun, Rotating Chairman of Huawei

The following is the full text of the speech:

Leaders, experts, distinguished guests, good morning!

Welcome to the opening ceremony of the Huawei Global Cyber ​​Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center. This is the seventh Transparency Center established by Huawei globally. I am very happy to have the opportunity to share our progress in this area with you here.

With the deepening of the global digital transformation, the importance of cybersecurity has become increasingly prominent. As we can see from recent news, cyberattacks against critical infrastructure such as energy, healthcare and transportation are on the rise, affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. The US investment consultancy (Cybersecurity Ventures) predicts that in 2021, the losses caused by cybersecurity crimes worldwide may reach as high as 6 trillion US dollars, exceeding the size of the world’s third largest economy.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending more time online than ever before. I think even after this pandemic is over, many of us here today will continue to work remotely and this will be the new normal. In this new normal, securing cyberspace is more important than ever.

With the frequent occurrence of cyber attacks around the world, various industries are placing increasing emphasis on cyber security. The public sector is also continuously introducing relevant laws, regulations and technical standards. In the past two years alone, more than 180 cybersecurity-related laws and regulations have been issued in 151 countries around the world. In the field of mobile communications, the NESAS/SCAS security standards and assessment methods promoted by industry organizations such as GSMA and 3GPP in conjunction with stakeholders around the world have become the generally recognized security testing baselines in the industry. We believe they will play a more important role in the development and validation of cybersecurity in the communications industry.

However, we still have a long way to go. Cybersecurity is a multi-dimensional, all-round complex system that requires close cooperation and information sharing across the industry. At present, there is still a lack of an industry-wide recognized collaborative solution based on unified standards, and there is still a lot of room for improvement in governance capabilities, technical capabilities, certification and collaboration.

However, in some regions, there is still a misconception that the origin will affect the security of network equipment and technology. But in fact, it’s not. Rather than addressing the real challenges facing our industry, this misunderstanding hinders us from developing a unified approach.

Huawei regards cybersecurity as its highest priority. Both we and our customers are responsible for ensuring that the equipment they use is safe and reliable. Over the past three decades, we have built more than 1,500 networks with operators, helping more than 3 billion people in more than 170 countries and regions to connect, and we have always maintained a good security record. We are proud of what we have achieved.

This is the result of our continued investment in cybersecurity management practices. Currently, we have more than 3,000 people specializing in cybersecurity research and development, and spend 5% of our research and development expenses on product security research and development every year.

Of course, Huawei’s network security assurance system is not something we came up with behind closed doors, but is a result of extensive continuous communication, joint research and innovation with customers, partners, regulators and standards organizations around the world. common results.

This is also the original intention of our new Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Transparency Center. We opened a similar Transparency Centre in Brussels two years ago. At the time I talked about Huawei’s ABC security model of “assume nothing, trust nobody, and test everything”. Essentially, we believe that both trust and distrust should be based on facts, not feelings, much less speculation and unfounded rumors.

We believe that facts must be verifiable, and verification must be based on uniform standards. We have followed this principle for the past 10 years and have established six Cybersecurity and Transparency Centres in Europe, the Middle East and North America. The Global Cyber ​​Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan is the seventh.

The center mainly performs three types of functions: Display and experience, communication and innovation, and security verification services. It will be open to stakeholders across the globe, providing our partners, customers and industry partners with the best tools, test environments and experts. Through this platform, you can learn about and test our products and collaborate more closely on safety standards, validation and innovation.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to make three suggestions: capacity building, value sharing, and win-win cooperation.

First, capacity building. Cybersecurity threats are complex, diverse, and constantly evolving, and no single organization can address them all alone. In professional fields such as governance structure, standards and technology, and verification, all parties should strengthen cooperation, exert synergies, and improve overall capabilities.

Value sharing refers to the sharing of best practices across the industry. For example, at today’s event, we will release the security baseline and the 5G security knowledge base led by the GSMA. The purpose of this is to jointly strengthen network security and benefit more parties.

Win-win cooperation means that roles such as governments, standards bodies, and technology providers need to cooperate more closely at the international level to form a unified understanding of cybersecurity challenges.

We need to set common goals, actively take responsibility, and work together to build a trusted digital environment to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Thanks again to all the guests and reporters who attended the meeting, and also to the online experts for their participation, thank you!

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