Reliable IT vendors acknowledge that growth of international cybercriminal activity and state-sponsored cyber espionage has made clear the necessity of ensuring the integrity of IT systems and software acquired by U.S. government agencies. The goal of supply chain security is to protect the integrity of products, end-to-end, so that they are delivered to the user in the form the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) intended.
The most potent first line of defense is rigorous compliance with risk frameworks developed by U.S. organizations, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and global security standards administered by organizations such as the International Standards Organization (ISO), particularly ISO 28000, which essentially requires continuous proof of supply chain security.
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