Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has called for common security standards to be implemented globally with the release of a new white paper.
The move is partly to promote the company's own transparency and openness in its efforts to conquer the global market. Huawei has been accused in the past of working with the Chinese government to spy on western markets and governments through its infrastructure builds, especially in the UK, the US and Australia, claims Huawei has long denied.
The white paper, the company's second on cyber security, is designed to produce a discussion on how the industry can address its challenges and confirms its intention to work with the public and private sector to capitalise on the globalised market.
It details its end-to-end cyber security approach, including a more practical overview of how Huawei designs, builds and deploys technology that involves cyber security considerations, including strategy and governance structure, day-to-day processes and standards, staff management, R&D, security verification, third-party supplier management, manufacturing, delivery and traceability.
Huawei global cybersecurity officer, John Suffolk said the company was focusing on laying down the foundations for securing tomorrow's tech world, a world that is dramatically different to what it is today.
“It is with an eye to the future that we recognise and embrace the need for international industry standards for cyber security.”
He said it was the company's modest hope that the white paper served as a catalyst for broader, collaborative and rationally-informed public-private dialogue."
While speaking at a conference in Seoul yesterday, he told attendees the problem with the industry's existing standards today was that they were not standardised across the globe.
"The more that governments, enterprises and technology vendors can detail common standards, understand their purpose and the positive difference they make and commit to their effective adoption through buyers using their buying power, the more the world will begin to see a difference," he said.
“We recognise we still have much to do to continuously improve our approach.
"However, our commitment to openness and transparency drives everything we do and we believe the more people who review, consider, assess and question our policies and procedures, the greater the promotion and impact on our ability to deliver better quality products and services.
“Huawei will continue to work with governments, customers and other stakeholders to meet their cyber security assurance requirements in an open, collaborative and transparent way.