Grant Schneider, federal chief information security officer, said the government should expand its approach for providing security to the federal supply chain to stay ahead of the latest threats, Nextgov reported Thursday.
The governmentÂ implements government-wideÂ restrictionsÂ to secure networks and contractors. Russian firm Kaspersky Lab and Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei were previouslyÂ banned from selling products in the U.S. government due to alleged ties to foreign spies.Â However, Schneider said preventing technologiesÂ from entering the government is not enough. Â
âIn my mind, theyâre really whack-a-mole solutions to a challenge that we need a far more systemic approach to,â he said at the McAfee Security Through Innovation Summit.
The federal CISO suggests incentivizingÂ cybersecurity in the marketplace and encouraging agencies, companies and individuals not to buy the cheapest products and services to assure security.Â Schneider serves as the head of a newly-established federal council that monitors threats to the government supply chain.