William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), has said the federal government must develop a supply-chain risk mitigation program based on the zero-trust concept, Nextgov reported Wednesday.
Evanina told attendees at a Washington Post-hosted event that the risk mitigation initiative must be able to provide an understanding of technology providers as well as the origin of their offerings and how they fit in the information technology ecosystem.
He added that software vulnerabilities will become more rampant as the transition to 5G continues to take place. The government needs to expand authorities to remove barriers for private-sector entities while driving collaborations between the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Security Agency (NSA), according to Evanina.
“We have to have in the government, the ability to utilize private-sector talent capability and know-how to protect our nation and our entire society,” he noted.