While there is widespread agreement that Huawei devices in 5G infrastructure pose some risk to the U.S. and allied nations, the policy community—in particular the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre—has paid insufficient attention to the technical aspects. The discussion must examine not simply whether China would use this technology maliciously, but the specific threats that Huawei equipment could pose and the extent to which these threats can be mitigated.
Dave Aitel is currently the chief technical security officer at Cyxtera, one of the world’s largest secure infrastructure and co-location companies. Previously he has served at the NSA and founded Immunity, one of the original penetration testing and offensive security companies. He is one of the primary authors behind the CyberSecPolitics blog and also an alumnus of the computer science program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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