Florida Is Leading The Fight Against Dangerous Chinese Technology, But Don’t Let Up

“At this critical point, our nation must pursue a whole-of-government approach to dealing with the China threat, with urgent action at the local, state, and federal levels,” Florida State Representative David Borrero outlined in a Miami Herald op-ed. He correctly highlights Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order as the sort of bold action required to limit China’s technology aggression which is critical as a recent China Tech Threat analysis shows Florida spent over $29 Million on dangerous technology from Lexmark and Lenovo between 2015 and 2022.  Furthering the cause, Rep. Borrero’s bill, HB 1355, to prohibit government entities from entering into contracts that give China access to certain sensitive data is moving through the committee process and a similar bill, SB 264,… Read More

Florida’s Continued Aggressive Action To Counter Chinese Government Intrusion

During a recent news conference, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis drew fresh attention to his Executive Order (22-216) to combat Chinese intrusion and infiltration in the Sunshine State. He announced his administration is looking into banning China from purchasing not only farmland but any property in Florida. “If you look at the Chinese Communist Party, they’ve been very active throughout the Western Hemisphere in gobbling up land and investing in different things.” A critical component of his executive order is the restrictions on government contracts with companies owned by or controlled by foreign countries of concern if the contract provides access to Floridians’ personal information. “We want all of your information secured,” he explained. “So this is things like social security numbers,… Read More

Florida Adopts Toughest Rules yet to Protect People and Organizations from Chinese Government Intrusion.

Yesterday Florida governor Ron DeSantis released Executive Order 22-216 to counter Chinese government intrusion in Florida’s computer networks. Noting the critical security threat detailed by national defense authorities and the actions taken to secure federal networks, Governor DeSantis took the step to secure Florida’s state and local government networks by preventing the exposure of government information and technology services and systems in Florida to the Chinese government. China Tech Threat (CTT) has detailed the important efforts to protect people and enterprises whose data is held within state government. Just last week, CTT was in Florida at a James Madison Institute tech summit discussing threats to Florida and actions that leaders intend to take to secure Florida’s residents, businesses and infrastructure.… Read More

Bringing the State-Federal Tech Threat Disconnect Discussion to Florida

Competition is hot across the U.S. as states look to attract industry and human capital fleeing California and other states. The profile of Florida, now America’s third most populous state, is rising for tech investors to park their money, entrepreneurs to start businesses, GenZers to buy a home, and parents to secure an education for their children. Florida ranks as the world’s 16th largest economy, between Mexico and Indonesia. Not only does Florida’s state government play a critical role to enable this flow with a mix of fiscal policy and incentives for families and enterprise, but it must also ensure the integrity, privacy, and security of government data. China Tech Threat Co-Founder Dr. Roslyn Layton will join the James Madison… Read More