Vermont Prohibits Government Use of Huawei Technology

For Immediate Release: February 21, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at regan@npstrategygroup.com

 

ICYMI: Citing National Security Risks, Vermont Prohibits Government Use of Huawei Technology

 

Burlington, VT — Vermont is banning government use of Huawei technology, according to a report by Burlington Free Press. Governor Phil Scott’s Administration has issued a cybersecurity directive to ban state government agencies and IT vendors from using Huawei products.

Meanwhile, Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company and the would-be largest shareholder of the “new T-Mobile” if Sprint and T-Mobile are allowed to merge, seems to ignore Huawei’s long record of hacking and cyber theft, that could put our national security at risk. T-Mobile and Sprint refuse to commit to eliminating Huawei equipment in their current networks and future 5G deployments.

Please find the Burlington Free Press article in its entirety, “Citing security risks, Vermont prohibits government use of Huawei, Kaspersky technology,” here.

KEY EXCERPTS FOLLOW:

  • "The intent is to make sure that this type of equipment can't be used against us to steal information or be the front for a cyber-attack against us," John Quinn, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Digital Services, said in an interview.
  • The inclusion of the Chinese technology companies is based on an intelligence assessment about the potential for Chinese technology to be used for espionage, according to Quinn's directive.
  • Vermont's decision won praise from Michael Hamilton, founder and chief information security officer of CI Security, based in Washington state. "I do think it’s a smart move," Hamilton said, noting that governments across the country are paying attention to security risks with Huawei and other products.

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