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Industry Associations Want Cyber Supply Chain Laws Changed

CapitolDomeSeveral technology and business associations have urged Congress to soften its stance on companies who want to do business with Chinese-owned or subsidized companies, saying current laws may have done more harm than good, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Jason Miller writes 14 groups have made the plea for the rewording of the House version of the fiscal 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill to mirror the Senate version, which they say puts rightful attention on the “real risks” that government information security face.

“Identifying a particular country-of-origin does not determine the security of IT products; rather, security is truly a function of how a product is made, rather than where it is produced,” the industry associations noted in their Dec. 10 letter to the House Appropriations Committee.

“Further, the law has unnecessarily slowed federal purchases of needed security technologies, putting key federal agencies behind the technology cycle and leaving them vulnerable,” they added.

In Section 515 of the Senate version of the bill, Commerce, Justice and Science agencies must use national and international standards criteria when making risk-based decisions related to the acquisition of high-impact information systems.

Miller reports that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related Agencies made the amendment from 2013 following a series of reported cyber incidents involving Chinese assets.

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