Ernst Calls on DoD to End Purchasing of Cyber Risk-Prone Foreign Equipment

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Even after repeated warnings from government officials and agencies pertaining to the use of Lenovo and other Chinese products, the DoD IG found that defense personnel were still procuring the equipment through the COTS program. Seeing this as an inexcusable introduction of vulnerability into defense cyber infrastructure, Senator Joni Ernst penned a letter calling on the Defense Department to end its purchasing and use of Chinese technology products, namely laptops made by Lenovo.

From Senator Ernst: “In 2015, the Department of Homeland Security issued warnings about pre-installed spyware and other vulnerabilities identified in Lenovo computers. Yet, DoD has not yet banned the purchase and use of Lenovo products,” she said.