China's top telecom equipment maker Huawei has opened a new cyber security centre in the UK.
The new Cyber Security Evaluation Centre, established in Banbury, was opened on 24 November at an event which saw representatives of 30 major UK companies like BT, Everything Everywhere, HMG, O2 and Vodafone in attendance.
The new facility, which was inaugurated by UK Government CIO & Senior Information Risk Owner John Suffolk and SVP of Huawei and Chairman of Huawei's Global Network Security Committee Ken Hu, will focus on testing hardware and software products before releasing them into the market.
John Frieslaar, Managing Director, Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre, said in a statement: “The new Cyber Security Evaluation Centre is a key part of Huawei's end-to-end global security assurance system. This centre is like a glasshouse – transparent, readily accessible, and open to regulators and our customers.”
The move comes as, heightened by the recent Wikileaks report that China orchestrated the attack on Google which led to the search giant relocating to Hong Kong, Chinese companies increasingly struggle to reassure governments and customers about the security of their products.