The board that oversees the security of Huawei equipment used in UK telecoms networks has said that technical issues with the Chinese company’s engineering processes have lead to new risks.
“Further significant technical issues have been identified in Huawei’s engineering processes, leading to new risks in the UK telecommunications networks,” said the annual report from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board. The board oversees the unit that evaluates the security of the Chinese company’s products used in UK telecoms network.
The report warned: “Overall, the Oversight Board can only provide limited assurance that all risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks can be sufficiently mitigated long-term.”
The report also said that “no material progress” has been made by Huawei in the remediation of the issues reported last year. As a result, it said this made it inappropriate to change the level of assurance from last year “or to make any comment on potential future levels of assurance”.
In 2018, HCSEC said its work had continued to identify “concerning issues” in Huawei’s approach to software development, bringing significantly increased risk to UK operators, which required ongoing management and mitigation.
SEE: IT pro’s guide to the evolution and impact of 5G technology (free PDF)
The report said: “The Oversight Board continues to be able to provide only limited assurance that the long-term security risks can be managed in the Huawei equipment currently deployed in the UK,” and warned that it would be difficult to appropriately risk-manage future products in the context of UK deployments, until the “underlying defects in Huawei’s software engineering and cyber-security processes are remediated”.
Huawei acknowleged in a statement that the report details concerns about Huawei’s software engineering capabilities. “We understand these concerns and take them very seriously,” it said and added that the company was spending $2bn to improve its software-engineering capabilities.
However, the HCSEC board report noted: “At present, the Oversight Board has not yet seen anything to give it confidence in Huawei’s capacity to successfully complete the elements of its transformation programme that it has proposed as a means of addressing these underlying defects. The Board will require sustained evidence of better software engineering and cyber security quality.”
A spokesman for the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre said “We can and have been managing the security risk and have set out the improvements we expect the company to make. We will not compromise on the progress we need to see: sustained evidence of better software engineering and cybersecurity, verified by HCSEC. This report illustrates above all the need for improved cybersecurity in the UK telco networks which is being addressed more widely by the Digital Secretary’s review.”
SEE: Cybersecurity in an IoT and mobile world (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF (TechRepublic)
In the background is the ongoing row about about Huawei and 5G, the next generation of mobile technology.
The US banned the Chinese networking giant from government contracts back in 2014 has continued to raise concerns about the use of equipment from Huawei in 5G networks, worried that it could create a backdoor to be used by the Chinese state for spying.
While the company has strenuously denied that this is possible (and pointed to a history of spying by the US), the US has been lobbying other states to dump Huawei kit from forthcoming 5G networks, with mixed results.
The UK is currently carrying out a review of 5G security but the country’s tech security agency has already said that it can manage the risks of using Huawei equipment, and that having a broad set of suppliers to be able to spread risk is also essential to security.
This Hidden iPhone Feature Let’s You Make A Call With One Button
The iPhone has a hidden feature that allows you to quickly redial the last phone number that you called. Rather than thumbing through your contact list to find your friend’s number again, you can immediately bring it up by using the manual dialer.
All you need to do is open the Phone app on your iPhone, open the manual dialer, and tap the green call button without entering anything. The first time you tap the call button, the last number that you called or dialed will be automatically pasted into the number entry. If you press the call button again, you’ll call that number.
All in all, it’s three quick taps (open the dialer, tap the call button, tap it again) versus several minutes of contact list scrolling and number-selecting. It’s much quicker, to say the least, especially if your contacts list is especially long. Just remember to take a moment to check the number before you redial, in case you’ve been making a lot of different calls.
While we’re on the subject of re-dialing, if you use Siri on your phone, you can also quickly redial a number with a voice command. Just activate Siri and say “redial that last number” to immediately call the last number that you dialed. Or, if you want to quickly hop back onto a number that called you, you can say “return my last call.”
Missed A Message? Here’s How To Access Your Android’s Notification Log
Notification history has been around on Android phones for years now, but the method to access the setting varies by which smartphone you’re using. Some phones, like the Google Pixel, use a stock version of Android, while others, like OnePlus and Samsung, use their own interface on top of Android. Here’s how to find the feature, irrespective of which version of Android your phone is running:
- Open the Settings app on your Android phone.
- Tap Notifications.
- Tap Advanced settings or More settings.
- Tap Notification history.
- Turn on the toggle on the next page.
On a Google Pixel phone, you’ll find Notification history inside the main Notifications settings menu. If you can’t see the option on your Android phone, use the search bar in the Settings app to search for Notification history. Tap on the option and turn on the toggle next to it.
8 Game-Changing Smart Home Devices You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Depending on who you ask, mowing the lawn is either an enjoyable weekend routine or a seemingly never-ending chore. For anyone in the latter camp, Husqvarna’s Automower does almost everything for you — all you have to do is set it up and leave it to run. Well, not quite — you’ll have to install a boundary wire around your yard first so that your mower doesn’t pay an unsolicited visit to the neighbor’s house, but once it’s set up, it’s pretty hassle-free to operate.
Using the Automower Connect app, you can check in on how your mower is doing, find exactly where it is, and see how far it’s progressed through the mowing cycle. Alternatively, its status can also be checked through Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. An alarm system and PIN code locking system help deter thieves, and you’d certainly hope so given the price, as it retails for $2,499.99 on Amazon, but is sometimes discounted to $1,999.99.
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