The Economist on Huawei and Security

An excellent article in The Economist describes the security fears prompted by Chinese telecoms manufacturer Huawei; see here. Chinese hackers are relentlessly pursuing commercial and national secrets, as are those of other states. Who is better placed to eavesdrop than the supplier of a communications network? But the article also points out that Western manufacturers also get a lot of their manufacturing done in… erm… China. The conclusion: if you want security, then dive into the detail of how equipment works. The helicopter view of a supplier’s headquarters will tell you nothing.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.