In the blog I focussed on the fact that most ICT products are wholly or partly manufactured in China and in a presuming way sketched risks for cyber security.
This week a U.S. congressional report was published that reflects on the same topic. In short U.S. congress thinks it better for U.S. entities not to do business with two Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE. This basically follows earlier Australian policy to exclude Huawei from participating in a national tender. I wonder if and when the E.U. (countries) will follow.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that China is spying through the systems provided by Chinese companies or the ICT products manufactured in China, the question is whether an entity, whether government, NGO or commercial, can afford to run the risk. Mind, not just from an espionage point of view, but also Also I wondered out loud what effects could be of private, mobile devices being hooked up to official networks every day. Any way the debate is way out in the open. Here’s some interesting links.
An interesting article on U.S. security and the chain of supply risk here.
The congressional report here.
Australia banning Huawei from participation here.
Wout de Natris, De Natris Consult
Leiderdorp, 12 October 2012