U.S. intelligence officials are planning to provide information, including classified threat reports, to companies about the risks of hacking and other crimes tied to the supplies and services they buy.
The effort is part of a new campaign by the National Counterintelligence and Security Center to raise awareness that vulnerable supply chains give China, Russia and other governments—as well as criminals, hackers and disgruntled employees—the opportunity to steal sensitive information or disrupt operations.
"You’d be shocked to find out how many people really don’t know where their stuff comes from," William Evanina, the nation’s top counterintelligence official and director of the center, said in an interview. "The supply chain threat is one that’s the least talked about, but is the easiest to manipulate for all aspects of our daily lives."
The program will be targeted toward U.S. telecommunications, energy and financial businesses, so government threat reports may soon be offered to companies such as Verizon Communications Inc., Duke Energy Corp. and Bank of America Corp.
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