Government, military search for ways to secure networks, shield technology supply chain from cyber attacks

March 11, 2020
The U.S. government needs a national strategy for supply chain risk management of commercial supply chain vulnerabilities in U.S. federal information.

WASHINGTON – Fears of a full-on cyber attack, or more insidious scattered technical invasions, have escalated since the 2016 U.S. presidential election was found to be influenced by foreign hacking. Fifth Domain reports. Continue reading original article

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11 March 2020 -- More recently, unrest in the Middle East following U.S. threats of war against Iran, as well as the 2020 elections have fueled concerns about vulnerability in the American government’s technology supply chain.

At the same time the U.S. government is working to prevent foreign telecommunications firms like China-based Huawei from building 5G secure networks in the United States, as well as for allies’ networks that they could breach, the country could face a more menacing risk from its own IT supply chain exposure.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission in a 2018 report on this threat declared that U.S. government laws and policies do not currently address supply chain risk management comprehensively. The commission, created by Congress to report on the national security implications of the U.S.-China trade relationship, stated that Chinese companies are used to further state goals and target U.S. federal networks and those of its contractors.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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