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Test our cyber security, Huawei says
Test our cyber security, Huawei says

The local arm of a Chinese telecommunications company named as a US security threat wants Australia to set up a national centre to test the cyber security of new technologies.

Huawei Australia chairman John Lord says the centre would allow vendors, operators and governments to work together on ways to address cyber threats.

It would also test the security credentials of telecommunications technologies being implemented in critical infrastructure.

"All nations will need to take a step in this direction," Mr Lord told the National Press Club in Canberra today.

Huawei Australia has been banned by the Federal Government from work on its $37 billion national broadband network, on the advice of intelligence agencies.

"Huawei is here in Australia for the long haul," Mr Lord said.

"Australia must reap the benefits offered by the globalised ICT (information and communications technology) industry and the innovation pouring out of Asia and China."

In the US, parent company Huawei Technologies was recently criticised in a report by the US House of Representatives intelligence committee.

The report said Huawei, as one of a number of Chinese telecoms companies working in the US, posed a security threat and should be barred from US contracts and acquisitions. The company has rejected the findings.

Mr Lord said one way of overcoming the "rhetoric" coming out of the US would be to increase transparency in Australia.

He said the proposed centre could be funded by vendors and operated by security-cleared Australians.

"Huawei is willing to offer complete and unrestricted access to our software source code and equipment," Mr Lord said, asking other vendors to do the same.

Huawei, founded by a former engineer in China's People's Libration Army in 1987, is the world's largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, ahead of Swedish firm Ericsson.

The West Australian

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