The Task Force was established on 30 October as a public-private partnership to develop recommendations on managing risks in the global ICT supply chain. It goes within the DHS Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management Program which aims to develop supply chain risk management capabilities for federal civilian agencies; private sector critical infrastructure owners and operators; also for state, local, tribal and territorial governments. Currently the Task Force has 26 members form industry, 8 departments and agencies of the US government, including DHS, DoD, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The first step of the Task Force will be to conduct an analysis existing ecosystem of industry and government supply chain initiatives to identify critical gaps.
Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss.
Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.
Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.