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February 2013/ Volume 15 / No. 1

The Huawei security risk: Factors to consider before buying Chinese IT

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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