Huawei Gets Fully into The IoT and Speaks of Cybersecurity

The Internet of things is still a trend of the future for many companies, and although that world hyper even still escaping our imagination by the dimension that could have, many are the efforts to make it reality. Huawei It has been one of the last in clearly bet on this philosophy and has announced its platform Agile Internet of Things at Huawei Network Congress in Beijing.

The idea behind this platform is the other companies provide a solution so they can build their own infrastructure IoT. One of the important considerations in the IoT, however, is the security of data and privacy are all connected. About Huawei does work in that field have been able to speak with David Francis, Cyber Security Officer for Huawei in the United Kingdom, which has left us a message clear: “the data users are”.

For the Internet of things with its own operating system jacket, LiteOS

Huawei shows that according to their estimates by 2025 will be generated a total of 100,000 million connections globally and two million new sensors will be activated each time. The problem is that current data networks are not prepared to give support to this enormous amount of data transfers, and that is where the Agile IoT Solution of the company you want to propose a solution to the problem.

Three will be the components of this platform: a gateway, a driver and LiteOS, a lightweight operating system for devices that are integrated into the IdlC. William Xu, one of the top executives of the company, stated that “Huawei believes that standardize the infrastructure will boost the development of Internet applications, including the IoT applications. To reinforce that, Huawei launches its operating system for the Internet of things, LiteOS”.

LiteOS surprised by reduced to a only 10 KB code that supports a minimum configuration, auto-discovery, and AutoConnect to data networks. The operating system will be “open to all developers” – but do not speak of that code is available – and thus expected that this community take it as an alternative when implementing its developments for this segment.

David Francis talks about cybersecurity in Huawei

Parallel to this event were able to interview to David Francis, Chief cybersecurity officer of Huawei for United Kingdom – where these policies to other countries are also managed European. Francis, who participated in one of the talks of the 17TH day international of information security which was held at the slaughterhouse in Madrid, explained that security “should foster collaboration. “All the actors of the supply chain have a role to play and a responsibility with regard to the general safety of systems and solutions”.

In our talk Francis highlighted the relevance of the three pillars of its work: well implemented policies, appropriate solutions (there is an overall strategy, but a local implementation since each country has its own regulations) and work with standards bodies that allow paddle to all providers in one direction.

After leaks of Edward Snowden there has been “a greater commitment to security”, said us this Executive, who pointed out that the important privacy is define the principles on which it sits. “Confidence is obtained with privacy, and privacy is obtained safely.” In Huawei, we ensured, there are practices and clearly defined policies to protect that privacy in all kinds of areas as a very important nowadays: the management of data on customers and employees, and that management affect your transfer even between countries or their storage and subsequent deletion.

That kind of privacy and security policies were those that allow according to Francis achieve that confidence that until now was misguided. The trust “already is not based on a flag”, and put as an example that confidence that traditionally provided food at a supermarket brands and now have to go further and demonstrate its commitment to the safety and quality of food. This same concept can be moved to the segment of the technology, and as he said this Steering in Huawei a few months ago published its 100 “key requirements” to design a solid cybersecurity program. Here the process encompasses all kinds of areas and in fact was directly inspired by the concerns of users in using technological solutions.

“Continually changing the definition of what is private data”

In this area increasingly popular in large enterprise topics was important as the BYOD philosophy (Bring Your Own Device, “Bring your own device” in a literal translation) which encouraged employees of a company to use their smartphones for example for work and his personal life. The separation of both areas should be very clear to maintain the privacy and security in both profiles safe.

Here Francis confessed us that two years ago Huawei response about whether BYOD was a trend that they support was clear. No. This Executive pointed out that the trend had become also a sales pitch more when “often there was no appropriate implementations” that make really the important part of that scenario and that would protect the privacy of the data in different profiles. For a while now, however, in Huawei have implemented their own solution, which separates the personal scope of professional safe containers that among other things they are copying information from one to another and that we may delete information remotely if necessary.

Francis also spoke to us about the concept of privacy so much concern in recent years, and said that while the concept of security is more permanent and does not change, the privacy makes it constantly. “The definition of what are private data changes over time”, we said. It will be done for example with the Internet of things, that will convert data before we not considered private data that you want to protect as much as today we protect many others.

Gave us the example of something as seemingly innocuous as the power meter, today almost anyone can consult and that ultimately, interconnected to other systems that are studying our consumption habits, would draw conclusions about when we are at home and when not, and act accordingly. And here is where this expert advocated to establish privacy principles that can be applied both now and in the future. A complex mission, certainly, but in which Huawei seems to be using many resources.