Huawei: It could take a decade to overcome U.S. security concerns

A senior Huawei executive said it may take a decade to clear up the national security and cybersecurity concerns lawmakers have with the Chinese vendor because the company is held to a "higher bar." John Suffolk, the company's global cybersecurity officer, told Bloomberg: "America has genuine concerns, and it's Huawei's responsibility to satisfy those genuine concerns. We will continue to work with our American colleagues to satisfy their needs and concerns and we believe we can do that." Both Huawei and ZTE were stung last year by a U.S. government report that said they pose a security risk because their equipment could be used for espionage--a claim Huawei and ZTE vigorously disputed.

In the foreword to a security white paper Huawei released on Friday, Huawei's deputy chairman Ken Hu, who leads the company's Global Cyber Security Committee, said the vendor had never been pushed to spy on anyone. "We have never received any instructions or requests from any government or their agencies to change our positions, policies, procedures, hardware, software or employment practices or anything else," Hu wrote. "We have never been asked to provide access to our technology, or provide any data or information on any citizen or organization to any government." Article