February 21, 2024

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CISA Securing the U.S. Digital Ecosystem

In fortifying cybersecurity to be more resilient, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has announced a two-year extension of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) Task Force. This Task Force, chaired by CISA’s National Risk Management Centre (NRMC) in collaboration with the Information Technology (IT) and Communications Sector Coordinating Councils, constitutes a vital public-private partnership.

This initiative has brought together a diverse array of representatives from both public and private sector entities, entrusted with identifying challenges and formulating practical, actionable, and risk-based recommendations and solutions for managing risks inherent in the global ICT supply chain.

ICT supply chain management is a multifaceted endeavour crucial for the smooth operation of modern businesses and the security of critical infrastructure. As the digital landscape evolves, so do the complexities and risks associated with the ICT supply chain. To effectively manage these risks, collaboration among stakeholders is paramount.

Over the past two years, the Task Force’s working groups have invaluable products, resources, and tools aimed at mitigating risks within the ICT supply chain. Assistant Director of NRMC and ICT Task Force Co-Chair Mona Harrington emphasised the Task Force’s indispensable role in mitigating supply chain risks.

Renewing the charter ensures that the Task Force can continue to leverage its expertise in identifying solutions and mitigations for the significant ICT supply chain risks and threats facing the nation. The Task Force has addressed various challenging supply chain issues, producing products such as the Hardware Bill of Materials Framework and risk management guides tailored for small and medium-sized businesses.

One key aspect of this effort involves fostering greater transparency throughout the supply chain. This entails establishing clear lines of communication and information sharing among all stakeholders, from suppliers to end-users.

Previously, in 2023, the Task Force released three noteworthy products, including the Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMB) Resource Handbook, offering an overview of critical supply chain risk categories commonly faced by ICT SMBs. Additionally, the Empowering Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Resource Guide equips businesses with tools to develop actionable supply chain risk management plans.

The Hardware Bill of Materials (HBOM) Framework for Supply Chain Risk Management provides organisations with a foundational framework for constructing their own HBOM, incorporating a consistent naming methodology for component attributes and guidance on appropriate HBOM information based on its intended use.

John Miller, ITI Vice President of Policy and Senior Counsel and IT Sector Co-Chair of the Task Force highlighted the critical nature of solutions leveraging both public and private expertise. He underscored the recent establishment of an Artificial Intelligence Working Group aimed at identifying AI-related supply chain risks and mitigations.

Robert Mayer, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity and Innovation at U.S. Telecom and Communications Sector Task Force Co-Chair, emphasised the increasing the frequency, aggression, and consequential nature of supply chain attacks on global ICT infrastructure. He praised the Task Force’s crucial support for stakeholders in mitigating such risks.

The Task Force’s renewal enables its working groups to continue developing valuable products such as the Software Assurance Buyers Guide and advancing the newly formed Artificial Intelligence (AI) working group. The AI working group endeavours to identify beneficial applications of AI in mitigating threats to ICT SCRM processes.

Additionally, the Task Force will host its inaugural ICT SCRM Task Force Conference, ensuring ongoing collaboration between government and industry members on public-private engagement efforts concerning supply chain issues.

Over the next two years ahead, until January 2026, the Task Force will focus on strengthening partnerships with stakeholders to broaden the applicability and utilisation of its products, tools, and resources. Given the interconnectedness of sectors and the scale of supply chain risks, private-public coordination remains essential for enhancing ICT supply chain resilience.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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