ABSTRACT

Cybersecurity: Federal Agencies Need to Implement Recommendations to Manage Supply Chain Risks, Statement of Vijay A. D'Souza, Director, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Testimony Before the Subcommittees on Investigations and Oversight and Research and Technology, Committee on Science, Space and Technology, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 407KB]

From the Highlights: "Federal agencies rely extensively on ICT [information and communication technology] products and services (e.g., computing systems, software, and networks) to carry out their operations. However, agencies face numerous ICT supply chain risks, including threats posed by malicious actors who may exploit vulnerabilities in the supply chain and, thus, compromise the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of an organization's systems and the information they contain. Recent events involving a software supply chain compromise of SolarWinds Orion, a network management software suite, and the shutdown of a major U.S. fuel pipeline due to a cyberattack highlight the significance of these threats. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to testify on federal agencies' efforts to manage ICT supply chain risks. Specifically, GAO (1) describes the federal government's actions in response to the compromise of SolarWinds and (2) summarizes its prior report on the extent to which federal agencies implemented foundational ICT supply chain risk management practices. To do so, GAO reviewed its previously published reports and related information. GAO has ongoing work examining federal agencies' responses to SolarWinds and plans to issue a report on this in fall 2021."

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GAO-21-594T
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2021-05-25
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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