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Wednesday 18 July 2018


NCSC warns of security risk to telecommunications sector

Written by Deborah Ritchie

The NCSC is issuing advice to the UK telecommunications sector regarding the potential use of Chinese state-owned ZTE equipment and services.

Technical director of the National Cyber Security Centre, Dr. Ian Levy, has written to telecommunications organisations regarding the potential use of ZTE equipment and services in the UK telecommunications infrastructure environment.

His letter sets out the NCSC’s considered technical advice in regard to the potential use of ZTE equipment and services in the UK telecommunications infrastructure.

“It is entirely appropriate and part of NCSC’s duty to highlight potential risks to the UK’s national security and provide advice based on our technical expertise,” Levy said. “NCSC assess that the national security risks arising from the use of ZTE equipment or services within the context of the existing UK telecommunications infrastructure cannot be mitigated."

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