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Protecting the EU’s Online Landscape: Huawei’s David Francis to Speak at Cyber Security Event

2013-08-01

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[Brussels, Belgium, 5 June 2013] Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, is today attending a conference on cyber security at the Thon Hotel EU in Brussels. Huawei will contribute to the event, which is being hosted by European Voice, through its speaker David Francis, cyber security officer for Huawei UK.

The event, entitled “Cyber security: protecting networks, fighting cyber threats”, will offer participants the chance to discuss the recently proposed EU legislation on network and information security and whether it will serve its aims of improving cyber security strategies throughout Europe. Amongst the speakers will be Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, who will be giving the keynote address.

David Francis will be speaking on a panel looking at increasing network and information security. “Huawei welcomes the European cyber security strategy and is determined to contribute to this ongoing process by providing products and services meeting high security standards,” he said, commenting on the draft EU proposals.

Recently appointed to his current position, Mr Francis previously worked in various positions in the IT sector in the UK and the US, most recently as a COO with an eCommerce platform.

With a broad range of stakeholders taking part, the event will examine whether the proposed legislation would achieve the right balance of responsibilities between the public and private sectors. It will also focus on the need for international cooperation to tackle the global threats to cyber security.

As the European ICT environment continues to evolve at a fast pace, ensuring privacy and security remains a priority for Huawei, in order to protect both citizens’ rights and strengthen business confidence. Huawei advocates a holistic and comprehensive approach in which all stakeholders take their fair share of responsibility, both within and beyond EU borders. It has invested substantial resources to achieve the best possible security assurance.

The European Commission draft legislation that was adopted in February, currently under scrutiny in the European Parliament, is crucial in this context, with its objective to improve the protection of important network information systems. It will require all the EU’s national governments to introduce national cyber security strategies as well as national cybercrime centres to help fight rising online crime.

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