By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
August 26, 2010
China is stepping up efforts to keep the security systems that protect
its critical infrastructure in the hands of local firms, and that could
be bad news for companies based outside the country.
China has started sending out inspectors to check for compliance with a
little-known initiative called the Multi-Level Protection Scheme (MLPS),
the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Introduced three years ago by
China's Ministry of Public Security, it mandates that core products used
by government and infrastructure companies such as banks and
transportation must be provided by Chinese companies.
Over the past year, government inspectors have been telling some
companies that they must switch to Chinese firewalls and other types of
security technology, the AP said.
The development could force security vendors such as Cisco Systems and
Symantec out of important parts of the growing market, or force them to
partner with local businesses, said Stephen Kho, senior counsel with
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, an international law firm based in
Washington. "Right now, it seems to only affect the companies that are
in the information security sector," he said.
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