Controversial telecoms equipment maker Huawei has opened up a centre dedicated to cyber security in Europe, as it looks to prove to the world that it really isn’t as much of a threat as they want to believe and is actually a friend.
The Cyber Security Transparency Centre in Brussels, Belgium – home to the European Union headquarters – aims to give government agencies, technical experts, industry associations, and standards organisations a place where they can work together to get cyber security right.
“We fully understand cyber security concerns that people have in this digital world. I believe that good solutions to solve the issue start from mutual understanding, which is the purpose we set up the transparency centre here today,” said Ken Hu, deputy chairman of Huawei. “We welcome all regulators, standards organizations, and customers to fully use this platform to collaborate more closely on security standards, verification mechanisms, and security technology innovation. Together, we can improve security across the entire value chain and help build trust through verification.”
The centre will showcase Huawei’s cyber security practices, letting visitors experience cyber security with Huawei’s products and solutions in areas such as 5G, Internet of Things, and cloud. Furthermore, it will be where Huawei communicates with key stakeholders on cyber security strategies and practices, and provide a product security testing and verification platform and related services to its customers.
In a tweet following a meeting with Hu, the European Commission’s VP for the digital single market, Andrus Ansip, said: “Agreed that understanding local security concerns, being open and transparent, and cooperating with countries and regulators would be preconditions for increasing trust in the context of 5G security.”