President’s Signs Order to Protect U.S. Tech Networks
“National emergency” would block foreign companies
On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order declaring a “national emergency” that would give the administration authority to block foreign tech companies from doing business in the U.S. if they are deemed to be a national security threat.
The order does not specifically name any foreign companies or countries, but the administration has voiced concern about Chinese companies like Huawei helping U.S. allies develop the next generation in wireless infrastructure. U.S. officials have said that Huawei is fully linked to the Chinese Communist Party, allowing that country to spy on nations where its hardware is used.
“This Executive Order addresses the threat posed by foreign adversaries to the nation’s information and communications technology and services supply chain,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “Under President Trump’s leadership, Americans will be able to trust that our data and infrastructure are secure.”
The responsibility for assessing threats from foreign companies to the U.S. tech sector will fall on the intelligence community and Department of Homeland Security.
- For America’s intelligence community and the Department of Homeland Security to wisely assess threat levels to U.S. technology from foreign sources.
About the greater need for protection of America’s intellectual property against theft and vandalism.