Senate Introduces Supply Chain Security Training Bill

Jeff Brody

Sens. Gary Peters and Ron Johnson unveiled a legislation to help the government validate technologies that may allow potential espionage risks, Fedscoop reported Friday.

The Supply Chain Counterintelligence Training Act seeks to train agencies in the detection of foreign cybersecurity threats in communications and information technology systems. The act will also require the Department of Homeland Security, the General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to partner up in the development of the initiative.

“America’s adversaries use any means necessary to gain access to valuable and sensitive government information, including possibly inserting compromising code into products or enlisting untrustworthy IT support personnel to exploit government systems," said Sen. Peters.

The act follows a prior announced bill intended to protect supply chain systems and U.S. technologies from possible theft. President Trump also signed a legislation to form an organization that will perform supply chain risk evaluation through the use of classified documents in 2018.

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