Huawei must raise 'shoddy' standards - senior UK cybersecurity official

07 June 2019

Huawei is proving unpopluar at the moment

Huawei is proving unpopluar at the moment

A British cyber security official has described technology firm Huawei’s security as ‘shoddy’, claiming that the embattled Chinese firm still has a lot of work to do.

According to a report by Reuters, Ian Levy, technical director of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, made the comments at an event in London.

“Huawei as a company builds stuff very differently to their Western counterparts," he said. "Part of that is because of how quickly they’ve grown up, part of it could be cultural – who knows?” What we have learnt is (as) a result of that, the security is objectively worse, and we need to cope with that.”

In May, the UK’s National Security Council recommended Huawei should be allowed to build some parts of Britain’s 5G networks. The UK government is sending a delegation to the US to seek clarity on how president Donald Trump’s decision to place Huawei on an export blacklist affects companies.