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How secure is the intelligence community’s IT supply chain?

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is taking aim at risks to the supply chain in its most recent draft of the Intelligence Authorization Act.

A provision in the legislation, which was approved by the panel May 14, would create a task force to address vulnerabilities in the supply chain from foreign actors.

The intelligence community has long known that foreign adversaries are interested in exploiting technology and information used by both industry and government. One key vulnerability is the acquisition supply chain.

The number of commercial and nonprofit organizations involved in any technology can be vast, and ensuring each supplier is protected from external threats is a daunting task. As a result, information shared with contractors who aren’t following strong security or cybersecurity practices can be vulnerable. In addition, determining what information should be shared with industry is a major challenge for the intelligence community.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has proposed a supply chain risk management task force that would be charged with standardizing information sharing between the intelligence community and contractors.

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