Implementing Security at a National Level

In this episode of Cybersecurity (Marketing) Unplugged, Purdy and King also discuss:

  • Expectations and challenges for the new administration;
  • Holding our allies accountable and putting mutual trust agreements in place;
  • Andy’s career path from lawyer to CSO;
  • And how to implement cybersecurity best practices at a national level

Andy Purdy is the Chief Security Officer for Huawei Technologies USA. Purdy oversees Huawei USA’s cybersecurity assurance strategy and system, and supports Huawei’s global security assurance program.

Purdy was a member of the White House staff where he helped to draft the U.S. National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace in 2003, after which he went to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he helped to form and launch the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), which he led from 2004-2006, serving as the senior cybersecurity official for the U.S, government.

Huawei has played a key role in the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and China, with many seeing the company as a threat to U.S. national security. However, as someone with experience on both sides, having worked for the White House and Huawei, Pudry explains that bad actors aren’t asking permission from suppliers when hacking into their products and that some of the fear of Huawei has been misdirected.

I think there was a tendency to say ‘Let’s block China. Let’s try to hurt China by hurting Huawei.’ And there was less an emphasis on being forward-looking in terms of what can be done to improve the American technological innovation and advantage relative to China.