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Available Expert - New report says Huawei products continue to have security risks and significant vulnerabilities

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Queen’s University security expert David Skillicorn is available to comment on a new report by a United Kingdom oversight body designed to evaluate Huawei’s approach to security. The report was prepared by the National Security Advisor of the UK by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board.

The lengthy report reveals a number of conclusions including that Huawei’s software component management is defective, there remains no end-to-end integrity of the products as delivered by Huawei, and the HCSEC Oversight Board continues to be able to provide only limited assurance that the long-term security risks can be managed in the Huawei equipment currently deployed in the UK.

“In other words, the Huawei products they examined continue to have security risks; containing significant vulnerabilities generated because of weak software engineering practices,” says Dr. Skillicorn. “To a computer scientist, the practices that Huawei uses to build its software are alarming. Canada no longer needs to make a national security case for banning Huawei equipment.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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