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Suffolk's appointment at Huawei sends the right message

The appointment of former government CIO John Suffolk to manage the cyber security strategy at Chinese comms and networking vendor Huawei is to be applauded as another step in the right direction for the company.

Huawei can't do much without coming under sustained attack for its links to the Chinese government, but Network Noise has previously argued that it is time to give the company the benefit of the doubt.

The firm has poured considerable effort into its western charm offensive, part of which includes a massive recruitment drive in the UK.

It is also pursuing a policy of greater openness with the global media; earlier this year it took the step of publically identifying its board of directors, and although this revealed Huawei is very much a family firm, it's certainly a step in the right direction.

Huawei has also been cosying up to the channel, signing up 20:20 Mobile as a European distributor back in June.

John Suffolk spent years at the heart of the British government and in his role as CIO cyber security formed a big part of his remit. His is a powerful and influential voice in the industry, and if he is prepared to speak for Huawei then it should be reassurance to all of us that the firm is on the right path.

This was first published in August 2011

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