Huawei Throws Support Behind Open Group Supply Chain Accreditation Program

By Rory Lidstone February 19, 2014

Information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei has had a tough time penetrating the U.S. market despite sizeable success in almost every other part of the world. This largely has to do with the fact that the company is held with suspicion by the U.S. government due to the fact that it is Chinese.

Indeed, the state of affairs, particularly cyber affairs, between the two countries has been strained in recent years, but Huawei maintains that it has never used its networking equipment to monitor traffic. That isn’t enough for the U.S., though, and so Huawei has been working hard to prove that it is trustworthy.

Its latest move in this campaign was to announce official support for the launch of the Open Group supply chain standard and accreditation program, which aims to strengthen the global supply chain for ICT products worldwide against cyber attacks. Considering China and Iran are the two biggest sources of cyber attacks against the U.S., this does indeed seem a prudent response.

Huawei also recently entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft to deliver joint data center solutions that should help its reputation in the U.S., especially since Microsoft often works with U.S. law enforcement to combat cyber attacks.

According to John Suffolk, Huawei’s global chief security officer, the Open Group program is “a perfect example of the kind of international standard with an accompanying independent accreditation program, which private companies and governments around the world should consider participating in so that we can move more quickly towards a fact-based, risk-informed approach to the global cyber security challenge.”

Organizations that apply to become accredited to the Open Group supply chain standard must provide evidence of conformance to each of the requirements set forth by the Open Group. They must also demonstrate they have processes in place to secure their in-house development and supply chains across the entire commercial on-the-shelf software ICT product lifecycle.




Edited by Cassandra Tucker

TechZone360 Contributing Writer

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

How to Buy a Laptop in 2016: Oh the Choices...

By: Rob Enderle    8/29/2016

Currently people are replacing their laptop computers about once every five years, and for those reaching that five-year due date, the next couple of …

Read More

Wearable Camera Market Climbs to New Heights

By: Alicia Young    8/29/2016

Wearable cameras are becoming increasingly popular thanks to thrill-seekers. After all, it's much easier to record yourself skydiving or mountain clim…

Read More

Ford's Autonomous Car Plan Implies We're Idiots

By: Rob Enderle    8/29/2016

According to CrashStats, about 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police reported crashes were caused largely because we weren't actu…

Read More

Apple Goes Social with Video Editing App

By: Alicia Young    8/26/2016

The goal is to offer simple video editing with tools that appeal to millennials and upcoming generations-the people who grew up surrounded by social m…

Read More

How Do the Year's Threat Predictions Match Reality?

By: Special Guest    8/24/2016

Last year, Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs global threat research team made a series of predictions about cyber threats in 2016. We are now halfway through…

Read More