Huawei, global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced the appointment of John Suffolk as its Global Cyber Security Officer (GCSO), effective October 1.
Prior to joining Huawei, Suffolk was the Chief Information Officer of the United Kingdom (UK) Government, responsible for the development and implementation of the UK Government’s Transformational Government Strategies, the Technology Strategy, and the Information Assurance Strategy.
He has also been an adviser to the World Bank High-Level Experts group since 2010 advising governments on how ICT can be used to transform the public service sector and generate economic growth. Previously, Suffolk was the Director General of the UK Criminal Justice Transformation Programme and before that Managing Director of the Britannia Building Society, a large retail financial services company.
Suffolk will report directly to Huawei’s CEO. He will be in charge of developing Huawei’s cyber security assurance strategy and system, managing and supervising its implementation. The system will be adopted globally by all business groups and across all departments including R&D, supply chain, marketing and sales, project delivery and technical service. As Huawei’s GCSO, Suffolk will also refine Huawei’s cyber security assurance system through communication with customers, partners,employees, and other stakeholders. The GCSO’s office will be located in Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
Cyber security is a global challenge. It requires governments, operators, vendors, enterprises, consumers and industry experts to work together in an open, transparent and cooperative manner. This ecosystem includes a regulatory framework and oversight established by governments, robust networks deployed and managed by operators that are able to meet the requirements of comprehensive security assurance and emergency response, as well as the consciousness of both enterprises and consumers on protecting trade secrets and privacy.
As an ICT solution provider, Huawei’s cyber security assurance system integrates end-to-end cyber security into solutions covering clouds, pipes and devices, the customer-oriented business processes and the whole ICT supply chain. In addition, Huawei also places great importance on improving employees’ awareness towards cyber security. Establishing and implementing this end-to-end cyber security assurance system is one of Huawei’s development strategies.
“We are delighted to welcome John Suffolk to Huawei,”said Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman of the Board and Chairman of Huawei’s Global Cyber Security Committee, “With convergence of the ICT industry, Huawei is expanding its business beyond its traditional operator market to meet the communications need of both enterprises and consumers. Industry convergence will also expand the complexity of cyber security challenges, and Huawei is fully committed to addressing the emerging challenges of tomorrow together with our customers. Mr. Suffolk has a wealth of experience and expertise in dealing with cyber security issues with deep insights into emerging global cyber security trends. This will enhance Huawei’s capabilities in addressing security challenges, and further support our proven track record and reputation among customers in an increasingly complex environment.”