Huawei to America: You’re not taking cyber-security seriously until you let China vouch for us

Huawei has decided to school America on cyber-security, and its lesson is to co-operate with China so its vendors – including Huawei – can be trusted around the world.

A post from Huawei’s CSO for the USA, Andy Purdy, rates President Biden’s sweeping May 2021 Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity as “the bare minimum that companies should be doing”.

Purdy, a former White House adviser on cyber security, makes some decent points – especially when pointing out that the Executive Order is only binding on federal agencies and their private sector suppliers.

“For companies that don’t do business with the government, they’re simply guidelines,” Purdy wrote. The CSO therefore called for the USA’s Securities and Exchange Commission to force businesses to adopt sound security frameworks like that offered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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