Government Report Says Huawei Equipment May Pose a Risk to National Security

By Tom Pritchard on at

Chinese telecoms companies haven't been having a great time of it recently. Not only was ZTE shut out of the USA for a time, there has been plenty of criticism of Huawei about alleged links to the Chinese government. While the company has denied those allegations, it's now facing a new challenge in the form of a government report criticising the state of security inside its telecommunications equipment.

The report in question is the fourth annual reports from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC), a specialised unit of cybersecurity specialists designed to ensure Huawei equipment does not get compromised for nefarious means. It's a Huawei operation overseen by British security agencies, and reports to the National Security Adviser. The centre was set up back in 2010 to try and ease concerns that mass-usage of Huawei equipment by British telecoms companies could pose a security risk.

According to the report there are only "limited assurances" that Huawei equipment poses no threat to national security, revealing various "shortcomings in Huawei’s engineering processes have exposed new risks in the UK telecommunication networks and long-term challenges in mitigation and management.”

The report expressed disappointment over the "lack of progress" dealing with issues identified in the past, and that "significant work" is required to solve the problems identified. On top of that it highlighted a trip to Hauwei's facilities in Shenzen where it was revealed the company hadn't been scrutinising third-party components heavily enough.

A Huawei spokesperson had this to say of the report:

“We are grateful for this feedback and committed to addressing these issues. Cyber security remains Huawei's top priority, and we will continue to actively improve our engineering processes and risk management systems.”

Given everything that's happened, particularly with the US trying to force Huawei out of the local telecoms infrastructure, Huawei will hopefully work to mitigate the issues pretty quickly. [TechRadar Pro]