COMMENTARY: GCPW Advisory Board Members Warn Against Huawei

On September 24, 2019, Global Cyber Policy Watch hosted a teleconference connecting three former Department of Homeland Security officials – Governor Tom Ridge, Chris Cummiskey, and Nate Snyder – with the press. Federal Computer Week summarized the key takeaways, noting their warnings: “Huawei’s grip on 5G gear poses a threat to telecommunications infrastructure.”

The goal of the event was to inform the media about the challenges associated with 5G and how security and cooperation play a role in the global 5G rollout. The connection between Huawei and the Chinese state, the need for standardization efforts, and the evolving threat landscape … Read More

5G Interoperability 101: How the Adoption of Open, Interoperable Standards of 5G Can Protect Nations from Foreign Adversaries

As nations throughout the world deploy the next generation of wireless technology, 5G, they must assess and prepare for attacks on this critical communications infrastructure. China’s global expansion into the telecommunications market via companies like Huawei, a technology giant with connections to the People’s Republic of China, poses a credible cyber-threat to these networks and to the overall safety of a nation. The European Commission recognizes these concerns and is currently conducting an EU-wide risk assessment, analyzing the threats that Huawei and other Chinese technology companies present.

Mitigating the Risk:

Huawei, ZTE, and other Chinese companies are subject to a

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PERSPECTIVE: 5G – A Symbol of Competition to Come

This piece, by Douglas Lute, originally appeared in The Brussels Times on September 23, 2019. 

The advent of next-generation digital communications, 5G, is a topic of hot debate in Europe today, but the excitement is clouding the big picture.

Ties to Chinese government 

European Union member states recently submitted assessments of the security risks incurred with the introduction of 5G and the newly appointed Commission leadership will take these into account as they shape a European policy and risk mitigation strategy due out at the end of this year. The main concern is that the world’s leading provider of 5G … Read More

COMMENTARY: Nate Snyder — Huawei’s Business Practices Not To Be Trusted

CapitalWatch recently quoted security expert Nate Snyder of Cambridge Global Advisors, as he analyzed accusations against Huawei and the company’s track record with our nation’s adversaries. 

In response to the U.S.’s decision to ban Huawei’s technologies from its 5G market, the Chinese company blamed the U.S. for interfering with its ability to conduct business.

“This is unfortunately a distraction and does not erase the fact that Huawei has helped Iran, Syria, and North Korea establish their networks, aided in the crackdown of the Uygur population, likely aided in the crackdown of protestors in Hong Kong, enables the use of disinformation … Read More

PERSPECTIVE: 5G Networks Are No Place for Huawei

This piece, by Peter Varnish, originally appeared in Homeland Security Today on August 27, 2019.

“We’re not going to do business with Huawei,” President Donald Trump told reporters outside the White House this month. “That doesn’t mean we won’t agree to something if and when we make a trade deal.” But should Chinese telecom giant Huawei be used as a bargaining chip?

China’s cyber espionage capabilities are notorious. Just last week, an investigation by the Wall Street Journal turned up evidence of Huawei intercepting encrypted communications to help African governments spy on political opponents.

All over the world, the Communist … Read More

PERSPECTIVE: Democratic Candidates Must Address Cyber Threats

This article, by Nate Snyder, originally appeared in RealClearPolicy on August 12, 2019

As we’ve seen from the debates so far, the Democratic presidential candidates seem focused on relitigating opponents’ past records and the 2016 election. They’re missing an opportunity to discuss major national security concerns that affect every day Americans. Cybersecurity threats, from election interference by Russia to 5G dominance by China, are top concerns for our national security.

The U.S. faces continued security threats. Given the ongoing trade discussions with China, the Democratic candidates must make plans for how bilateral relationships can improve, while mitigating the security threats … Read More

PERSPECTIVE: The Huawei 5G Row Highlights China’s Growing Threat To Global Security

This article, by Sherri Ramsey, originally appeared in The Huffington Post UK on June 4th, 2019.

On the heels of President Trump’s Executive Order that would ban Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei from the United States, the company held a flashy event in London to mark the launch of its newest phone. This came as the President prepares next week to urge Theresa May to eliminate the firm from the development of 5G wireless networks in the UK.

Despite warnings from New Zealand and Australia, and continued calls from U.S. officials to ban Huawei equipment from 5G networks, the … Read More