We must come together as governments and industry with positive intent to build a secure digital world that people can trust.
We believe that security is best addressed as a common global objective around which governments, industry, and academia can unite.
For 5G to succeed, people need to trust it and trust needs to be based on facts and facts need to be verifiable. We need to drop the politics and work together to secure the digital world. Security isn't just a business – it is everyone's business.
Securing any new and complex technology is a challenge, with many governments, companies and other stakeholders involved. We cannot solve it by focusing on one vulnerability or issue at a time. We must come together as governments and industry with positive intent to build a secure digital world that people can trust.
That means we need shared standards. Governments and industry organizations need to work together on unified cyber security standards. These standards need to be technology-neutral, and apply equally to all companies and networks. Industry bodies such as GSMA and 3GPP are making great progress with their Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS). This will be useful for evaluating the security of wireless communications equipment, and we encourage more organizations to get on board.
We also need independent verification for all vendors. Now that most industries rely on global supply chains, we need to assess all suppliers and their components in the same way. We need to establish third-party objective verification mechanisms for all industries and vendors, ensuring that both trust and distrust are based on verifiable facts, not feelings. We fully support the EU objective, standards based, technology neutral approach.
At Huawei, cyber security is our top priority and we spare no effort to protect the security and stability of customer networks. For the past three decades, we have operated in more than 170 countries, serving over three billion people around the world. Our equipment has never caused a large-scale network breakdown. We have never experienced a major cyber security breach. And there is no evidence – none – that Huawei has ever jeopardized the security of our customers' networks, or their devices.
We believe that security is best addressed as a common global objective around which governments, industry, and academia can unite. We encourage all stakeholders in the digital ecosystem to build a foundation of trust based on facts, evidence, standards, and independent verification.
If you have questions about Huawei, our front door is always open, as back doors do not exist.