Huawei CSO Responds to 5G Security and Espionage Concerns

In response to White House warnings that 5G infrastructure equipment built by Huawei could be subverted by China to conduct espionage, Andy Purdy of Huawei Technologies USA says his company has pledged full transparency and urges competitors to follow suit.

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In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA 2020, Purdy also discusses:

  • Security concerns that come with 5G and national rollouts;
  • Responding to the controversies embroiling Huawei;
  • The need for greater transparency from all vendors;
  • The challenge of being an American representing a company that critics accuse of being an arm – wittingly or not – of Chinese intelligence.

Purdy joined Huawei Technologies USA as CSO in July 2012. He oversees Huawei USA’s cybersecurity assurance strategy and system, and supports the global security system adopted by all the company’s business groups and departments. Prior to joining Huawei USA, he worked as chief cybersecurity strategist for Computer Sciences Corp.. While working at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, he helped form and launch the National Cyber Security Division and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, for which he served as acting director from 2004 to 2006.


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