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Friday, 10 May 2013 15:38

Cybersecurity Supply chain risks go far beyond fake parts

Concern over the government's IT supply chain typically have centered on issues like counterfeit parts or defective materials. But there's a "soft underbelly" to supply chain vulnerabilities, and it is becoming more critical as agencies increasingly purchase managed services often delivered via software. Officials warn that this risk is especially acute in critical infrastructure, where there is growing and interconnected reliance on cyber.

Cloud services, software as a service and service-oriented architecture allow the government to get out of businesses that are not core competencies. But they also allow agencies to believe they are handing over security responsibilities to outside providers, according to Joe Jarzombek, director for software assurance within the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Cyber Security and Communications.