Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) Task Force


Image of a globe with circular icons of various transportation modes (e.g., a truck, airplane, ship, trolley) connected by a web of lines. supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The cyber threat from foreign adversaries, hackers, and criminals presents new and significant risks to government and industry. Constant, targeted, and well-funded attacks by malicious actors threaten government and industry alike by way of their contractors, sub-contractors, and suppliers at all tiers of the supply chain. Sophisticated threat actors exploit vulnerabilities deep in the information and communications technology (ICT) supply chain as a beachhead from which they can gain access to sensitive and proprietary information further along the chain.

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 realities and entrusted with the critical mission of identifying and developing consensus strategies that enhance ICT supply chain security.

Overview

From satellite connectivity to financial transactions, 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’s NRMC is well positioned to synchronize interagency ICT SCRM efforts across the Department and to build resilience by enhancing coordination and collaboration with the private sector through the ICT SCRM Task Force.

    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 and federal agencies. This includes subject matter experts, infrastructure 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: 

    Government

    IT Sector

    Communications Sector

    Other

    American Petroleum Institute

    Accenture

    ACT | The App Association

    CREST International

    CIA

    Amazon

    AT&T

    National Cyber Security Centre (U.K.)

    Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Analog Devices

    Blue Valley Telecommunications

    RAND

    Federal Communications Commission

    Belkin International

    Charter Communications

    Safecode

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

    BlueVoyant

    Comcast

    SoftIron, Inc.

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    BSA

     

    Xcel Energy

    General Services Administration

    CDW-G

    CompTIA

    Idaho National Lab

    CISCO

    Cox

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

    CTIA

    National Association of State Chief Information Officers

    CyberRx

    Ericsson

    National Association of State Procurement Officials

    Cyxtera

    E.W. Scripps Company

    National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Dell

    Hubbard Broadcasting

    National Security Agency

    FireEye

    iconectiv

    National Telecommunications and Information Administration

    Fortress Information Security

    Lumen

    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

    NTT

    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

    HP

    Premier Communications

    Small Business Administration

    Hunter Strategy

    Pioneer

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

    IBM

    Quincy Media

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

    Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center

    Sprint

    U.S. Department of Commerce

    Information Technology Industry Council

    TIA

    U.S. Department of Defense

    Intel

    T-Mobile

    U.S. Department of Energy

    Interos 

    USTelecom

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Juniper

    Verizon Wireless

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Linode

    U.S. Department of Justice

    Microsoft

    U.S. Department of State

    MITRE

    U.S. Department of the Treasury

    MongoDB

    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    NetApp

    U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence

    Palo Alto Networks

    U.S. Social Security Administration

    Rehancement Group

    Reliable Energy Analytics

    River Winds Computing

    Samsung

    SecurityScorecard

    Sightline Security

    Software Engineering Institute - Carnegie Mellon University

    Synopsys

    Tenable

    The Open Group

    Threat Sketch

    Venable, LLC

    Vmware

    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

    Over the course of the next several months, the Task Force’s efforts include the launch of a new Hardware Bill of Materials Working Group; continuation of two current working groups; and scoping of two additional efforts related to promoting software assurance and the utility of Software Bill of Materials.

    • Hardware Bills of Materials Working Group which will identify appropriate information for a baseline hardware bill of materials template that can be used by organizations when procuring or deploying ICT products.

    • Small and Medium-sized Businesses Working Group which will engage the small and medium-sized community to understand and tailor Task Force products to meet their needs

    • Product Marketing Working Group, (formerly Product Use Acceleration), which will engage with stakeholders to ensure Task Force products provide useful and meaningful information.

    ICT SCRM Resources and News

    For ICT Supply Chain Task Force and other resources, visit the ICT Supply Chain Resource Library.

    ICT SCRM News


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

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