Securing the Software Supply Chain

Federal agency technology and security professionals have increasing awareness of the dangers lurking in the components of the commercial software they buy and use. That, coupled with specific policy requirements in the administration’s Executive Order 14028, has made ensuring the safety of the software supply chain a top concern.

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The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) leads counterintelligence for the national government. Among its myriad missions is securing the software supply chain. “My directorate is certainly concerned with the supply chain of all critical infrastructure, certainly the supply chain that the IC has to source from as well,” Jeanette McMillian, Assistant Director of NCSC’s Supply Chain and Cyber Directorate said on Federal Monthly Insights – Securing the Supply Chain.

In 2011, billionaire software developer and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen wrote a seminal article for the Wall Street Journal about “the software revolution.” He began the piece by proclaiming, “Software is eating the world.”

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is a global advocate for technology, representing some of the world’s most-notable and innovative companies. ITI promotes public policies and industry standards that advance competition and innovation worldwide.