Huawei’s 5G wireless and core network equipment (5G RAN gNodeB, 5G Core UDG, UDM, UNC, UPCF) and 4G eNodeB ave passed the GSMA Network Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS) – a development that has boosted industry confidence in the telecom network equipment.
The assurance also implies that the solutions are a practical choice for the industry and a key consideration in all regional markets.
According to Huawei, the development further cements the need to promote the development of a more robust mobile telecoms market.
NESAS is a standardized cybersecurity examination system jointly defined by GSMA and 3GPP, together with major global operators, vendors, industry partners, and regulators, to mention a few.
It provides an industry-wide security assurance framework to facilitate improvements in security levels across the mobile industry.
The scheme is voluntary, and network equipment vendors subject their product development and lifecycle processes to an extensive security audit against the currently active NESAS release and its security requirements.
GSMA NESAS, which is widely accepted in the industry, ensures that the relevant equipment meets the Scheme’s 5G network security and reliability requirements.
The integrated assessment process avoids fragmented assessments and their resulting costs while improving the transparency of security protection levels in the industry through visual and measurable results.
NESAS covers 20 assessment categories, defining security requirements, and an assessment framework for 5G product development and product lifecycle processes.
Additionally, it uses security test cases defined by 3GPP to assess the security of network equipment.
For Huawei, cybersecurity assurance is a shared goal between Huawei, customers, supervisory authorities, and other stakeholders.
It is a space the Chinese corporation understands well, having been a key contributor to major telecoms infrastructure laid across different blocs around the globe.
Trust has also come up as a major issue in the telecoms. The industry has seen the likes of Huawei meet resistance from other markets such as the US and its allies.
“Huawei believes that trust must be based on verifiable facts, which should, in turn, be based on shared standards. We believe that this is an effective way to build trust in the digital era,” reads a statement from the company.
What they said
Huawei has always focused on technology-driven cybersecurity. We welcome NESAS with full support and collaboration. We also invite the entire industry to jointly promote the development of a more aligned mobile communications market.
Devin Duan, Head of 5G E2E Cybersecurity Marketing, Huawei.