ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force

With the nation’s critical infrastructure dependent on information and communications technology (ICT) to operate, disruptions or security incidents impacting the ICT supply chain can have cascading impacts within and across organizations, sectors, and the National Critical Functions (NCFs). The consequences of a supply chain incident can extend beyond the initially targeted organization to a larger ecosystem of vendors, suppliers, and customers.

The ICT Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) Task Force—sponsored by CISA’s National Risk Management Center (NRMC)—is the United States’ preeminent public-private supply chain risk management partnership established in response to these potential occurrences and entrusted with the critical mission of identifying and developing consensus strategies that enhance ICT supply chain security.

ICT SCRM Task Force

ICT Supply Chain Resource

Executive Order 14017


January 10, 2023: Today, CISA released the Securing Small and Medium-Sized Business (SMB) Supply Chains: A Resource Handbook to Reduce Information and Communication Technology Risks. Developed by the ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force, the handbook provides an overview of the highest supply chain risk categories commonly faced by ICT SMBs, including cyber risks, and contains several use cases that can assist ICT SMBs in identifying the necessary resources to implement ICT supply chain security practices.


Thousands of businesses, organizations, and governments rely on ICT to store information on, interact with, and deliver services to end-users. Additionally, ICT has helped transform the nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors into an interconnected ecosystem. In December 2018, the Department of Homeland Security established the ICT SCRM Task Force—a public-private partnership charged with identifying challenges and developing actionable solutions to enhance global ICT supply chain resilience. Composed of federal government and industry representatives from across the Information Technology and Communications Sectors, the Task Force serves as the Agency’s center of gravity for supply chain risk management partnership activity.

While ICT products and services have allowed for a rapid and dramatic change in how we work, learn, and socialize, it also presents broad attack surfaces for adversaries to find innovative ways to potentially infiltrate, exploit, and/or corrupt equipment, systems, and information used every day by the government, industry, and private citizens. Recognizing the importance of securing ICT supply chains, on May 15, 2019, the Executive Order (E.O.) 13873 on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain was signed into law. E.O. 13873 directs the federal government to strengthen efforts to prevent foreign adversaries from exploiting vulnerabilities in the ICT supply chain and protect the vast amount of sensitive information being stored in and communicated through ICT products and services.

CISA is well positioned to synchronize interagency supply chain efforts across the Department to build resilience by enhancing coordination and collaboration with the private sector through the ICT SCRM Task Force. Learn more about CISA's E.O. 13873 response efforts.

ICT SCRM Task Force Members

The ICT SCRM Task Force is composed of a diverse range of representatives from large and small private sector organizations within the Information Technology (IT) and Communications sectors, ICT associations, and federal agencies. Members include subject matter experts, ICT sector owners and operators, and other key stakeholders who provide recommendations and guidance to help shape trusted supply chain practices.

Companies and organizations participating in the Task Force include: 


IT Sector

Communications Sector


American Petroleum Institute


ACT | The App Association

CREST International




National Cyber Security Centre (U.K.)

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Analog Devices

Blue Valley Telecommunications


Federal Communications Commission

Belkin International

Charter Communications


Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation



SoftIron, Inc.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission



Xcel Energy

General Services Administration



Idaho National Lab



National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)


National Association of State Chief Information Officers



National Association of State Procurement Officials


E.W. Scripps Company

National Institute of Standards and Technology


Hubbard Broadcasting

National Security Agency



National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Fortress Information Security


Nuclear Regulatory Commission

General Dynamics Information Technology

National Association of Broadcasters

Office of Intelligence and Analysis

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA)

Office of Management and Budget

Hodgkins Consulting


Office of the Comptroller of the Currency


Premier Communications

Small Business Administration

Hunter Strategy


State of Alabama Chief Information Security Officer/Cyber Security Working Group


Quincy Media

State of Pennsylvania Chief Information Security Officer/Cyber Security Working Group

Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center


U.S. Department of Commerce

Information Technology Industry Council


U.S. Department of Defense



U.S. Department of Energy



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Verizon Wireless

U.S. Department of Homeland Security


U.S. Department of Justice


U.S. Department of State


U.S. Department of the Treasury


U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence


U.S. Social Security Administration

Palo Alto Networks

Rehancement Group

Reliable Energy Analytics

River Winds Computing



Sightline Security

Software Engineering Institute - Carnegie Mellon University



The Open Group

Threat Sketch

Venable, LLC


ICT SCRM Task Force in Action

In response to requirements in E.O. 13873, the ICT SCRM Task Force worked with industry and government partners to:

  • Develop a standardized taxonomy of ICT elements (e.g., hardware, software, and services)
  • Perform criticality assessments on these ICT elements with appropriate stakeholder input
  • Assess the national security risks stemming from vulnerabilities in ICT hardware, software, and services including components enabling 5G communications.

These resources are provided "as is" for informational purposes only. The assessment methodology can be used as an input to a risk assessment, but, by itself, is not sufficient for a comprehensive review of risk.

Additionally, as new risks emerge—such as the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the globalized model of supply chains—the Task Force will develop new resources (such as the Lessons Learned During The Covid-19 Pandemic Analysis Report) and assist with identifying new priorities and developing recommendations that businesses, organizations, and governments may adopt to increase the resilience of their supply chains, and as a result, also help strengthen national security, economic security, and public health and safety.

ICT SCRM Task Force Year 3 Activities

Hardware Bills of Materials (HBOM) Working Group, which will identify use cases for HBOMs and develop a taxonomy for HBOM data fields that could help inform the development of related guidance.

Small and Medium-sized Businesses Working Group, which will continue to develop guidance for the small and medium-sized community to assist with their establishment and conduct of supply chain risk management programs and policies.

Software Assurance Working Group, which will develop a Buyer's Guide that will help ensure that buyers, suppliers, and acquisition specialists refer to one piece of guidance that includes all important documentation regarding the implementation, security, and reliability of software assurance as well as the risks that can arise.

Product Marketing Working Group, which will undertake a marketing campaign to increase stakeholders’ awareness of the Task Force and its products, as well as engage with stakeholders to gather feedback on the Task Force’s products.

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For questions or comments, email ict_scrm_taskforce@hq.dhs.gov.

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