Tag Archives: supply chain

CBP Named Authorized Economic Operator Under US-UK Supply Chain Agreement; William Ferrara Quoted

William Ferrara

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has entered into an agreement with its U.K. counterpart to certify both countries’ economic operator programs in a push to accelerate supply-chain security. CBP said Thursday that the agreement validates the agency under the U.K.'s Authorised Economic Operators initiative and approves CBP participation in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT). 

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DOE Earmarks $50M for Materials Extraction R&D Projects; Daniel Simmons Quoted

Daniel Simmons

The Department of Energy (DOE) has invested over $50 million to support 15 projects focused on materials extraction and engineering to support government initiatives aimed at mitigating supply risks in critical manufacturing efforts. Daniel Simmons, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, said the investments are meant to fortify the U.S. industrial base by addressing gaps in the domestic supply chain.

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Rep. Mike Gallagher, In-Q-Tel’s Sarah Sewall on Need for US-Allied Minerals Production Efforts

Minerals Production

Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., has said the U.S. must work to foster partnerships with “Five Eyes” allies to mitigate reliance on China for critical mineral components. Sarah Sewall, executive vice president of In-Q-Tel, noted that the CSC made good recommendations in its white paper on securing the U.S. supply chain’s mineral resources.

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NCSC’s William Evanina: U.S. Needs Supply Chain Security Program Based on Zero-Trust

William Evanina

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), has said the federal government must develop a supply-chain risk mitigation program based on the zero-trust concept. “We have to have in the government, the ability to utilize private-sector talent capability and know-how to protect our nation and our entire society,” he noted.

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Ball Corporation to Launch New Aluminum End Manufacturing Facility

Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation will develop a new aluminum end manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The facility will begin production in early-2022 and expand over multiple years to create approximately 200 manufacturing jobs. Ball’s new facility will supply infinitely recyclable, lightweight aluminum ends to customers for growing beverage categories and brands. 

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Zscaler Launches Security Assessment Program; Jay Chaudhry Quoted

Jay Chaudhry

Zscaler has launched a security assessment program to enable organizations to assess the SolarWinds supply-chain attack, analyze potential impact on their organization and provide adherence to Zscaler’s recommended best practices. In addition, the Zscaler Security Assessment Program will educate organizations on attacks, leveraging security experts to guide companies through Zscaler’s recommended best practices and how to implement them. 

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CISA Warns of New Cyber Threat Impacting SolarWinds’ Orion IT Network Visualization Tool


The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an advisory on a new advanced persistent threat (APT) that targeted the supply chain involving SolarWinds’ Orion information technology management platform and impacted public and private infrastructure. CISA is additionally investigating other APT incidents that breach Security Assertion Markup Language authentication procedures. 

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CISA Report: ICT Supply Chain Task Force Helped Create Supplier Info Sharing Standards


The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a report stating the progress of its task force on protecting the Information and Communications Technology supply chain over the past two years. CISA said in the report that the ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force was able to develop reference material for information sharing across the industrial base. 

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IBM Wins DoD OTA to Advance Microelectronics; Jay Bellissimo Quoted

Jay Bellissimo

IBM has secured a Phase 1 Other Transactions Agreement (OTA) under the Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes (RAMP) Advanced Commercial Capabilities Project, the company reported on Monday. IBM received the award through the Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S²MARTS) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). IBM will advance microelectronics technology

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GAO Examines Federal Agencies’ Implementation of Practices to Manage ICT Supply Chain Risks

ICT Supply Chain Risks

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says few of the 23 Chief Financial Officers Act agencies had implemented seven fundamental practices for managing risks to the information and communications technology (ICT) supply chain. GAO said in its report that none of the 23 CFO Act agencies fully implemented all the supply chain risk management practices

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