When purchasing software for your manufacturing business, how often do you stop and think about the origin of the software you are purchasing? According to the Pentagon, the origin is about to become a big deal. Why? There is indication that certain software sold or involved in by companies in China and Russia do not meet U.S. security standards resulting in significant, and intentional, digital vulnerability. In a recent article, Defense One reports that the Pentagon has begun developing a “Do Not Buy” list of software considered. Read the full article here.
So what does that mean for manufacturers? As the manufacturing community moves to comply with cybersecurity standards, it needs to take a hard look at the technology being purchased. And we wait for the public release of this “Do Not Buy” list, we can at least take away the lesson that we need to evaluate not only a technologies capabilities but also its origin.