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Federal CISO floats potential for new supply chain regs

The federal government’s top IT security chief floated the possibility of new regulations to shore up protections and transparency in the technology supply chain and canvassed industry for feedback.

While speaking at a cybersecurity event in Virginia hosted by the Intelligence National Security Alliance, Federal Chief Information Security Officer Grant Schneider questioned whether the U.S. government and suppliers have even worked out a successful model to weigh security risks in purchasing and acquisition. Such a model, he said, would naturally lead individuals, the private sector and federal agencies to discriminate against low-cost, low-security parts and components in favor of costlier, more secure ones.

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