U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on the evening of 15 May, declaring a national emergency effort to safeguard U.S. companies' computer networks from "foreign adversaries."
As mentioned in Security Management's May issue, "Public-Private Partnership Addresses Supply Chain Security," the United States, Japan, and other countries have begun taking a hard look at the potential security threat posed by foreign companies, especially those with ties to foreign nations' security agencies. The article focused on another concern that both national and private entities are becoming increasingly wary of: the security of the supply chain.
Supply chain concerns are also tied to the development of 5G, what will be the next development of the wireless network for most Internet-connected devices. "China has invested heavily in developing" 5G, the article said. However, according to the BBC, the United States has pressured allies to avoid using Huawei products in their 5G mobile networks. Although the order does not name any companies, it is largely believed that the move specifically targets the Chinese state tech company Huawei. Tensions between the U.S. and China recently escalated, resulting in a trade war. On the same day as the executive order, the U.S. Department of Commerce placed Huawei and on its "entity list," a trade blacklist effectively banning the company from buying U.S. companies' products without approval from the U.S. government.
Huawei has denied all allegations that its products could be used by China for intelligence or surveillance purposes.