Huawei “not a threat” according to UK security board

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Board made up of UK Government officials and security agencies satisfied security risks from Chinese manufacturer have been mitigated

Chinese manufacturer Huawei does not pose a threat to UK security, according to a board established to monitor the company’s operations.

The world’s second largest telecoms equipment maker set up an independent cyber security evaluation centre in Oxfordshire in 2010 following doubts about the implications of giving the Chinese company access to telecoms infrastructure.

In 2013, a report by the UK’s Intelligence Security Committee raised questions about the “lax” manner in which Huawei had became embedded in the UK’s infrastructure.

Huawei set up the security board to oversee the work at the evaluation centre, where the manufacturer set out to prove it did not pose any threat to national security.

The board included representatives from the Government, intelligence agencies and Huawei, and said it was satisfied with the independence and quality of its tests.

“Any risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated,” the board said in a statement.

Huawei said the center showed how governments, operators and equipment providers could work together on cyber security.

“In the globalised, interconnected digital age, we must all work together to deliver the best solutions to the challenges we face,” a statement from Huawei said.

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