COMMENTARY: Former DHS Officials React to EU 5G Risk Assessment Released Yesterday

Yesterday, the 28 EU member states published a highly-anticipated comprehensive risk assessment exploring the security risks associated with 5G networks. The report highlights the security challenges connected to suppliers’ role in developing 5G networks and the vulnerabilities stemming from reliance on individual, state-backed suppliers. U.S. officials have been stressing the importance of a coordinated approach to 5G security measures, and the EU has demonstrated through this assessment that it is taking a step in the right direction.

Governor Tom Ridge, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd governor of Pennsylvania, and Nate Snyder, senior counterterrorism official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Countering Violent Extremism Task Force under President Obama, offered their thoughts on the report, which reinforces their warnings against Chinese telecoms company Huawei.

A number of media outlets relayed Ridge’s and Snyder’s sentiments, including Broadcasting & Cable and EURACTIV.