Information Technology/Cybersecurity

On November 27, 2019, the Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register proposed regulations for its review and potential blocking of transactions involving the information and communications technology and services supply chain (ICTS Supply Chain). The notice follows President Donald Trump’s Executive Order of May 15, 2019, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology

President Donald J. Trump has issued an executive order, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain,” that declares a national emergency as to the threats against information and communications technology and services in the United States. It delegates authority to the secretary of Commerce to prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of U.S. persons. In a brief press statement, the White House noted, “The President has made it clear that this Administration will do what it takes to keep America safe and prosperous, and to protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services in the United States.”

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