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The Huawei security risk: Factors to consider before buying Chinese IT
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of February 2013/ Volume 15 / No. 1
Globalization has reduced competitive barriers between both multinational corporations and nation states. For an IT professional struggling to decipher a routing protocol error code or configure a firewall, the international nature of technology is a boon: Be it in Boston, Brussels, Bogota, Brazzaville or Baku, someone somewhere has the product, service or information that an IT organization may need to run more smoothly or securely. However, the increasingly flat world isn’t to everyone’s taste. Globalization has also created a collision of diverse interests in the world of technology, emphasizing layers 8, 9 and 10 of the ISO network model: the political, religious and economic layers. In the information security realm, those interests collided dramatically in 2006, when Israeli security vendor Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. attempted to buy U.S.-based vendor Sourcefire Inc. for $225 million, but the deal was scuttled by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a little-known U.S. government ...
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Features in this issue
Cover story: The U.S. government says Chinese IT giants Huawei and ZTE pose too much risk. But do they? Joel Snyder offers his take.
2013 IT security trends reveal mobile device security tops the list of priorities for security pros this year.
Allowing employee-owned mobile devices doesn’t have to mean accepting all BYOD risks. Infosec pros share their BYOD security strategies.
News in this issue
Going on the offense doesn’t mean actively targeting cybercriminals, experts say. Deceptive tactics, phony documents can help trip up attackers.
Columns in this issue
Information Security Magazine reveals the results of its 2013 Security Priority Survey and examines the security risks associated with purchasing IT hardware from China. Elsewhere in the issue, infosec pros share their strategies for BYOD security.
University information assurance programs are varied, but they are beginning to provide technology disciplines a level of security knowledge.
No ultimate test can give third-party software a clean bill of health, but careful assessment can help organizations gain more control over vendors.