Taiwan's ITRI bans Huawei smartphones from network today

Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute bans Huawei smartphones from internal network starting Jan. 15

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(By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) announced on Monday (Jan. 14) that it would ban smartphones and computers made by China's Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. from its internal network, effective noon today, reported CNA.

In order to maintain information security, ITRI announced Monday afternoon that it would no longer allow Huawei phones and computers to access its internal network starting from noon today. However, it said that Huawei devices would not be restricted from viewing its public website.

Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said that the Presidential Office Building and Cabinet has banned the use of Chinese-branded information and communication products for use on official business many years ago, "of course including Huawei."

Howard Jyan (簡宏偉), director general of the cyber security department under the Cabinet explained that the purchase of Chinese branded products has been completely prohibited in accordance with the regulations governing the use of network equipment, mobile phones, computers, and other equipment used on official business. Although there are no regulations against the personal use of Chinese branded mobile phones and computers, these devices have been banned from the government intranet as well, said Jyan.

The Ministry of Science and Technology said that it would not use Chinese-made information products, either in its system or hardware.

The Financial Supervisory Commission also attaches great importance to the security of financial institutions. Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) Chairman Wellington Koo (顧立雄) said that the core systems of the nation's banks do not use Huawei equipment.

In terms of the procurement of information equipment for the financial industry, Koo said regulations for public banks and private banks are different. Public equity banks are regulated by the government's procurement law, while private banks must meet relevant security control benchmarks set by the National Communications Commission (NCC), said Koo.

Koo said that, although different regulations apply to public and private banks, whenever each bank purchases equipment with sensitive information, such as personal capital, the FSC demands that more attention be paid.