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Federal Agencies Struggle With Protecting IT Supply Chain

Managers of information technology systems in both the private and public sectors have had their hands full dealing with security breaches that come from hackers invading IT systems. Increasingly, however, IT systems are becoming vulnerable from another channel - the actual supply chain sources of both hardware equipment and software programs.

Federal agencies are just as vulnerable as commercial enterprises to supply chain security breaches, and perhaps are even more sensitive to such vulnerabilities given the nature of government information involving everything from taxpayer data to national security data.

"Reliance on a global supply chain introduces multiple risks to federal information systems," the General Accountability Office said in a March report that examined supply chain risks at four agencies dealing with national security issues.

"The exploitation of information technology products and services through the global supply chain is an emerging threat that could degrade the confidentiality, integrity and availability of critical and sensitive agency networks and data," GAO said.

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Keywords: Supply Chain Security & Risk Mgmt, Legal, Govt. & Regulatory Issues, Business Strategy Alignment, Global Supply Chain Management, National Security Issues, Taxpayer Data, Confidentiality Breaches

Federal agencies are just as vulnerable as commercial enterprises to supply chain security breaches, and perhaps are even more sensitive to such vulnerabilities given the nature of government information involving everything from taxpayer data to national security data.

"Reliance on a global supply chain introduces multiple risks to federal information systems," the General Accountability Office said in a March report that examined supply chain risks at four agencies dealing with national security issues.

"The exploitation of information technology products and services through the global supply chain is an emerging threat that could degrade the confidentiality, integrity and availability of critical and sensitive agency networks and data," GAO said.

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Keywords: Supply Chain Security & Risk Mgmt, Legal, Govt. & Regulatory Issues, Business Strategy Alignment, Global Supply Chain Management, National Security Issues, Taxpayer Data, Confidentiality Breaches