On Feb. 24, President Biden signed an executive order titled “America’s Supply Chains,” outlining a process for the United States to identify and mitigate the risks and challenges it faces in a series of critical supply chains, including that of information and communications technology (ICT).
Robert Morgus is a senior director for the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. At the commission, Morgus has led the development of the ecosystem pillar of the commission’s final report as well as the “Pandemic White Paper,” the “Supply Chain White Paper,” and the “Transition Book for the Incoming Biden Administration.” Previously, he helped build New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative, where he headed the organization’s international cyber policy work.
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The breach underscores the importance of integrating defend forward into a broader national cybersecurity strategy.
As the nation grows ever more reliant on a functioning cyber ecosystem, it is paramount to deny adversaries the ability to degrade these elements of national power or disrupt them in a time of crisis.
For the past several months, American policymakers have sought to convince allies, partners and potential partners to ban Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from supplying the entirety of, or components for, 5G communications networks around the world. This messaging campaign has centered primarily around concerns that Huawei could assist the Chinese government in spying on other countries or even shutting down or manipulating their 5G networks in a warlike scenario.