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UK raises new Huawei concerns, but a broader security strategy is needed

Although the UK has stopped well short of banning Huawei equipment from new telecoms networks, its officials remain cautious. The latest annual report from the UK government’s Huawei cybersecurity evaluation center (HCSEC) says that Huawei has not addressed all the security concerns regarding some of its products, and has not implemented a company-wide cybersecurity overhaul, which it promised in 2012. The watchdog’s report said it “has continued to identify concerning issues in Huawei’s approach to software development, bringing significantly increased risk to UK operators, which requires ongoing management and mitigation”. The HCSEC was launched in 2010 as part of an agreement between Huawei and the UK government to address the “perceived risks” of using the Chinese company’s equipment in critical…

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