Truckers try to purge systems of banned Chinese tech, but challenges remain
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Most of the motor carriers doing business with the federal government have reportedly met the demand to do their best to purge the technology systems of five banned Chinese technology vendors, who are believed to be potential hackers of intelligence agency information systems and of American defense.
But challenges remain in locating some of the 300 or so affiliates and subsidiaries of Chinese companies identified by a sophisticated data security company.
The five companies are Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp., Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua Technology.
The requirement for all businesses, including truckers, to do business with the federal government is a provision of Section 889 of the 2019 Tax Defense Clearance Bill. ‘demand risk losing their contracts with the government.
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The technologies in question can range from cameras, cell phones and computers to GPS products, on-board truck technologies and computer routers.
“But part of the problem is that it’s not always clear what to do or what products to avoid to be compliant,” said Henry, a transport regulatory specialist at the law firm. Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary PC “So part of it becomes a matter of judgment. It is clear that the carriers that do business with the government that I have spoken with have all gone to great lengths to comply.
Charles Phillips, director of trucking and senior vice president of the ATA Government Freight Conference, said the difficulty of finding affiliates and subsidiaries of the five Chinese technology providers was discussed at a conference on the freight at the beginning of the month.
Phillips said the regulatory requirement does not identify subsidiaries of banned Chinese tech companies.
“It would be nice to have a government repository that would allow motor carriers to go in and see all the subsidiaries and other businesses that carriers cannot buy from,” said Phillips, president of Bennett Motor Express. “We talked about continuing to ask the government for a deposit. It is on our record to work. “
Indeed, when Section 889 entered the scene, Armis, an agentless device security platform, identified 291 affiliates and subsidiaries of the five companies. “The publication of the ban on Federal Acquisition Regulation 889 has impacted many organizations, gaining visibility at the board level,” the company said.
Working with a Fortune 100 company, Armis said he realized early on that there was significant concern not only about how companies would be able to identify affected devices, but also how critical it was to be able to demonstrate compliance in such a way that it is not negative. business impact.
“The biggest issue has been identifying devices across the company, and that also includes devices manufactured by subsidiaries,” said Armis spokesperson Susan Torrey. “At Armis, we performed a more in-depth analysis to better understand the five suppliers and also identified 291 subsidiaries as part of this research.”
“This includes risk factors that can identify specific manufacturers reported by the US government and alert customers to their presence, so they can take appropriate action to remedy and demonstrate compliance,” Torrey said.
In a post on its website last year, the National Defense Transportation Association said the law and regulations were the result of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the Global Threat Assessment intelligence community in 2019.
“Chinese intelligence and security services can use Chinese information technology companies and their equipment as routine and systemic spy platforms,” the message said. “The growing dependence on equipment and services owned or controlled by foreigners, and the reliance on those that pose national security concerns, create vulnerabilities in US supply chains.”
“This 889 thing is the most complex, vast and diffuse public topic I have ever dealt with,” said Bill Wanamaker, then executive director of the ATA Government Freight Conference, in October 2020. “ This means that if you don’t make the representation that says you are 889 compliant by October 23, 2020, you are bankrupt. We cannot stress enough the need to use your in-house legal counsel in making your representation decisions.
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