Jonathan Alboum, former chief information officer at USDA and public sector chief technology officer at Veritas, discusses how the new supply chain security task force will improve purchasing visibility and IT safety at the Department of Homeland Security.
The Department of Homeland Security is getting serious about supply chain security. DHS is standing up a special task force to give IT purchasers in the government better information on what they’re buying. This includes implementing guidelines on different suppliers, and devising solutions to longtime supply chain risks. Jonathan Alboum, former chief information officer at USDA and public sector chief technology officer at Veritas, says that by looking to increase visibility, DHS is making strides towards securing the supply chain. “I think the ability to know where your IT equipment comes from, or where a particular piece of software comes from, whether that software or that equipment was manufactured in a country that may be a bad actor in some other instances,” Alboum said. “As a buyer, you want to know that so you can make an informed decision and think about the risk. That doesn’t mean it is not a product you wouldn’t use per se. But if you’re uninformed, you have the greater potential to be caught off guard. This is about bringing that conversation forward into the buying process.”