Huawei officials and the Department of Defense face the cyber security panel

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A Huawei executive and a U.S. Department of Defense official took the stage Wednesday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, and the conversation warmed. Katie Arrington, an officer in charge of the acquisition in the Department of Defense, insisted that lawmakers and President Donald Trump had good reasons for remove Huawei products of government use. Huawei USA security director Andy Purdy said the decision was a wrong approach.

Purdy said the government was following a "tear and replace" policy, tearing out useful technology from the hands of government workers who serve American citizens. He said the United States government can find ways to build trust by observing the manufacturing process more closely.

Arrington responded that eliminating Huawei technology from government use was the only option, "because the risk is very high." The United States cannot consider transmitting control of confidential information to another country, Arrington said, "end of story, period."

The issue in question was the security of the supply chain, or the process of ensuring that security flaws are not introduced into the technology during the manufacturing process. Since phones, computers and other devices are manufactured in factories abroad, supervised by a complex network of contractors, there are innumerable ways in which errors can end up within your technology. The question of whether mistakes were put there on purpose and by whom can lead to a international relations crisis.

Craig Spiezle, a consultant at the Agelight Advisory Group that focuses on increasing confidence in technology and addressing ethics, moderated the panel. Also on stage on Wednesday were technology policy experts Bruce Schneier of the Harvard Kennedy School and Kathryn Waldron of the R Street Institute group of experts.

Until recently, Schneier told the US government. UU. He didn't care that the devices were insecure, because his spy agencies were the best at using those vulnerabilities to gain intelligence. As other countries matched the ability of the United States to spy, the government has been more concerned with repairing failures. That will diminish everyone's ability to spy, Schneier said.

"Security will come at the expense of surveillance," Schneier said.

Waldron said the US government’s decision to ban Huawei’s technology has cemented the idea that Chinese technology companies are closely linked to the Chinese government and that this partnership cannot be undone at this time.

The United States has its own history of putting vulnerable communication devices in the world. A recent Washington Post report detailed how the CIA secretly managed a crypto company, selling backdoor machines to governments around the world under the auspices of Crypto AG.

"All countries are dedicated to spying," Waldron said. "I don't think it's a surprise to anyone."

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