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Did Companies Fail to Disclose Being Affected by SolarWinds Breach?
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US Federal SCRM challenges
The GAO also published a report on agency SCRM practices (or lack thereof) in 2012. As the new report shows, little action was taken by the agencies between then and now. The primary reasons agency managers give (off the record) for not doing anything about these long-standing problems is lack of funding and lack of knowledge about what to do. Both of which are problems that can be overcome. By strong leadership. The USG spends ~$500B/yr, so its hard to say that money cannot be found if a political choice is made to dedicate it to this matter, and NIST has several years ago published SCRM guidance for the agencies (which is mandatory for the agencies).

So the real problem isn't money or knowledge, it is that nobody in a position of authority in the federal government has made addressing technology supply chain risks their issue in a meaningful way (i.e., other than including it in talking points).


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