The 5G race is on, and China holds an ominous advantage
We’ve hit the halfway mark of 2019, and I’m sure that we have all noticed some interesting happenings in the cybersecurity world.
5G is going to touch every company and person in the next year or two, as service providers drive new high-bandwidth offerings. But currently, as discussed in a Beltway conference a few weeks ago – raising the anxiety of the audience – China is the only country that manufactures the full stack of 5G solutions, from chips and handsets to core infrastructure. This is a troubling situation, as in particular there are many security concerns around Chinese technology providers. For example, tech heavyweight Huawei, the world’s largest telecom supplier and second largest phone supplier, has long been suspected of providing products that compromise customer security and privacy. These issues could impact the adoption of 5G in the U.S. and internationally, while also creating a new set of vulnerabilities that affect our corporate and national security.
Huawei has a very close relationship with the Chinese government, which has raised red flags in the security world. As recently summarized by the Recorded Future team, Huawei’s wide range of technologies and products and its enormous global customer base has put it in a position to access vast quantities of information on organizations, governments, and people worldwide. Huawei’s obligations to the Chinese government under various national security statutes puts that data at risk of interception and compromise.