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Huawei Opens Its Largest Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in China

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Huawei has opened its largest Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan, China today, with representatives from GSMA, SUSE, the British Standards Institution, and regulators from the UAE and Indonesia speaking at the opening ceremony.

Along with the opening of the new center, Huawei also released its Product Security Baseline, marking the first time the company has made its product security baseline framework and management practices available to the industry as a whole. These actions are part of the company’s broader efforts to engage with customers, suppliers, standards organizations, and other stakeholders to jointly strengthen cyber security across the industry.

“Cyber security is more important than ever,” said Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, at the opening of the Dongguan center. “As an industry, we need to work together, share best practices, and build our collective capabilities in governance, standards, technology, and verification. We need to give both the general public and regulators a reason to trust in the security of the products and services they use on a daily basis. Together, we can strike the right balance between security and development in an increasingly digital world.”

            Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, speaks at the opening of Huawei’s Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection                                                                                          Transparency Center in Dongguan, China

Over the past few years, industry digitalization and new technologies like 5G and AI have made cyberspace more complex than ever, compounded by the fact that people have been spending a greater portion of their lives online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These trends have led to a rise in new cyber security risks.

Huawei opened the new Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan to address these issues, providing a platform for industry stakeholders to share expertise in cyber governance and work on technical solutions together. The center is designed to demonstrate solutions and share experience, facilitate communication and joint innovation, and support security testing and verification. It will be open to regulators, independent third-party testing organizations, and standards organizations, as well as Huawei customers, partners, and suppliers.

To further a unified approach to cyber security in the telecoms industry, organizations like GSMA and 3GPP have also been working with industry stakeholders to promote NESAS Security Assurance Specifications and independent certifications. These baselines have seen wide acceptance in the industry, and will play an important role in the development and verification of secure networks.

Mats Granryd, Director General of GSMA also spoke at the opening of Huawei’s new center. “The delivery of existing and new services in the 5G era will rely heavily on the connectivity provided by mobile networks and will fundamentally depend on the underlying technology being secure and trusted,” he said. “Initiatives such as the GSMA 5G Cybersecurity Knowledge Base, designed to help stakeholders understand and mitigate network risks, and NESAS, an industry-wide security assurance framework, are designed to facilitate improvements in network equipment security levels across the sector.”

At the event, Huawei also released its Product Security Baseline, the culmination of over a decade of experience in product security management, incorporating a broad range of external regulations, technical standards, and regulatory requirements. The Baseline, together with Huawei’s other governance mechanisms, helps ensure the quality, security, and trustworthiness of the company’s products. Over the years, Huawei has built over 1,500 networks that connect more than three billion people across 170 countries and regions. None of these networks have ever experienced a major security incident.

“This is the first time we’ve shared our security baseline framework with the entire industry, not just core suppliers,” said Sean Yang, Director of Huawei’s Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Office. “We want to invite all stakeholders, including customers, regulators, standards organizations, technology providers, and testing organizations, to join us in discussing and working on cyber security baselines. Together, we can continuously improve product security across the industry.”

At present, the industry still lacks a standards-based, coordinated approach, especially when it comes to governance, technical capabilities, certification, and collaboration.

“Cybersecurity risk is a shared responsibility,” concluded Ken Hu in his opening remarks. “Governments, standards organizations, and technology providers need to work closer together to develop a unified understanding of cyber security challenges. This must be an international effort. We need to set shared goals, align responsibilities, and work together to build a trustworthy digital environment that meets the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

Source: Huawei

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G7 fail to reach consensus on phase-out of coal.

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The G7 has been left stranded on coal as the U.S. and  Japan blocked a deal to end the use of coal in the G7 countries.

Following days of negotiations between the world’s richest and most advanced countries, the G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall, England failed  as the decision to set a date to phase-out the use of coal was blocked by the U.S. and Japan.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that they sought “language that aligns with the president’s domestic commitments, including a carbon pollution free power sector by 2035”.

According to an EU official, majority of the G7 members were willing to back the phase-out of coal in the 2030s. But Japan which has changed its views on coal following the Fukushima nuclear accident remains in favor of coal.

Criticism has been targeted at the G7 for their lack of commitment on such critical issues while Russia and China has made commitments to go carbon free. China is set to limit the use of coal starting this year and go carbon neutral by 2060.

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Journalists from the US market hosted by Visit Maldives.

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Visit Maldives is hosting a group of journalists from the US market.

According to the their website, this is the first of the familiarization trips planned for the market this year. Held from the 9th to the 16th of June 2021, the purpose of the trip is to promote Maldives as a safe haven for the travelers, highlighting the unique geographical formation of the country as well as the safety measures in place.

A combined circulation of over 500,000 print readers will be reached with over 78 million on online channels, as the journalists will have their content appear on major publications in online and offline channels such as Travel & Leisure, TripSavvy.com, Forbes, Insider Travel, LA Style, Citizen-Femme.com, Travel Age West and Travel Pulse said Visit Maldives.

In the article published on their official website, Visit Maldives stated that the accommodation for the trip was arranged at Robinson Club Noonu, LUX* North Male’ Atoll and Kuramathi Maldives. To target the high-end travelers of the US market, activities highlighting the natural beauty and the luxury aspects of the destination is to be carried out during the trip.

Visit Maldives highlighted additional activities planned for the US market this year such as familiarization trips for influencers, joint marketing promotions with tour operators, virtual roadshow, webinars and participation in virtual and physical fairs such as the Ultra Summit show taking place in the upcoming month.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, stated Visit Maldives, steady growth has been observed from the US market, with 19,759 arrivals in 2020, ranking as the 8th source market of tourist arrivals. 15,914 arrivals were recorded as of 3rd June 2021, ranking as the 6th market of top tourist arrivals for the year.

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Instagram and Facebook giving more flexibility to users.

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On 26th May 2021, Facebook announced that both Facebook and Instagram users will have the option to make their “like” counts private so they can decide what works best for them.

The company has been testing if hiding the “like” counts gives a favorable experience for Instagram users. They found that the “like” counts are beneficial for some and displeasing to others. Now Facebook is giving people a choice to hide their “like” counts on all post on their feeds and their own posts so the public do not see how many likes they get.

For some users, like counts are recognized as current trends. So giving people a choice over hiding the “like” count will benefit people to focus on the content being shared instead of focusing on the popularity of the posts.

As claimed in the Facebook announcement, “Changing the way people view like counts is a big shift. We’ll continue in new ways to give people more choice, so they feel good about the time they spend on our apps.”

Furthermore, the company stated that they are giving more control on their social platforms to its users. They also announced new tools that allow users to filter offensive content from their direct messages and control over what they can share and see on Facebook news feeds.

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