Global supply chain security is being emphasized more and more as economic espionage accusations fling back and forth over the Pacific. And now we have a law to back it up… An unheard of bill until Obama signed it on Friday, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act requires several federal agencies, the Departments of Commerce and Justice (DoJ), NASA, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), to consult with the FBI prior to purchasing IT gear from China.
Obviously something like this was going to happen at some point however we didn’t see this coming so soon. It’ll be interesting to see how this law plays out given our continued budgets constraints. Will these agencies be forced to purchase more expensive non-Chinese gear to lower their potential risk? Who’s funding the FBI for these consultation purposes? Only time will tell…
via Help Net Security
A new law concerning funds given to U.S. federal agencies has been signed by President Obama, and it says that Departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA, and the National Science Foundation must consult with the FBI on whether they can acquire an information technology system “produced, manufactured or assembled by one or more entities that are owned, directed or subsidized by the People’s Republic of China.”
Only if the head of the entity involved and the FBI (or another “appropriate Federal entity”) judge that the risk of cyber-espionage or sabotage associated with the acquisition is acceptable and that the acquisition of such system is “in the national interest of the United States” the purchase will be permitted.
As it turns out, the report of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Permanent Committee on Intelligence that advised U.S. firms and the government against buying solutions from Huawei Technologies and ZTE was only the beginning.
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