Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of C : Huawei Australia calls for national cyber security evaluation center
10/25/2012| 04:04am US/Eastern
-- Huawei Australia Wednesday called for setting up a cyber
security evaluation center for Australia to allow vendors,
operators and governments to work together to find ways to
enhance cyber security.
In a speech to National Press Club in Canberra, Huawei
Australia Chairman John Lord said the center is to test the
security credentials of technologies being implemented into
critical infrastructure projects.
"As information and communications technology plays an
increasingly significant function in critical infrastructure
projects around the world, all nations will need to take a step
in this direction at some point," Lord said.
With the center, all equipment implemented into major or
critical Australian networks can be subjected to the same
thorough security assessment, he said.
"Huawei is willing to offer complete and unrestricted
access to our software source code and equipment in such an
environment, and all other vendors should be subject to the
same high standard of transparency."
Huawei Australia was banned earlier this year from tendering in
Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) project over
security reasons. Recently, the United States issued a
congressional report, saying Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese
telecom company, poses a security threat to the U.S. and should
be barred from U.S. contracts and acquisitions.
Lord called the U.S. House of Representative report "
protectionism," not security.
He said one way of overcoming the "rhetoric" coming
out of the U.S. would be to increase company transparency in
He admitted that Huawei has done a poor job of communicating to
general public and governments since the company has been
mostly a business-to-business one. Huawei has recognized in the
past five years that it must take great strides towards
openness and transparency.
Lord said the Huawei Australia board was in initial discussions
about a listing on the Australian Securities Exchange. But he
added a listing in Australia would not necessarily be a
"panacea" for its difficulties.
Lord said Huawei, who became the world's largest telecoms
vendor by revenue judged by the company's first-half
results this year, is encouraging its shareholding
There were 60,000 employee shareholders, all of whom lived in
China. The initial focus was on making all of Huawei's
140,000 employees worldwide shareholders.