Huawei Users At Risk As U.S. Blacklist Cuts Access To Shared Data On New Cyber Threats
Somewhat ironically, Huawei—under heavy fire from the U.S. government over alleged information security issues, has been (temporarily) suspended from the quietly competent global trade body responsible for promoting cross-industry information security. As a result, Huawei will be (officially) excluded from shared information on new threats to security platforms and technologies, theoretically slowing down its ability to address or patch those issues for its own products.
Membership of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) has its privileges. Its members, or teams as the cybersecurity trade body calls them, reads like a who’s who of the technology and telecoms industries. With those teams accessing shared cybersecurity incident reports, response support, access to best practice tools and techniques, and regular participation in global discussion groups dedicated to promoting improvements to information security.
FIRST also brings industry representatives together with government agencies —including experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.K.’s GCHQ spy agency.