4 State Policy Ideas to Counter China Tech Threats

China Tech Threat (CTT) released a memo to state policymakers offering four specific policy ideas to counter China threats at the state level. CTT has been closely tracking the state-federal tech threat disconnect, and warning that while federal agencies and the U.S. military have rightly taken action to restrict the use of tech makers with ownership ties to the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to the security risks they pose, those policies are not necessarily adopted at the state level. The memo cites a March 2022 AP report on at least six state governments that were hacked by the Chinese government in the last year. CTT’s own report that found 40 states continue to use Chinese… Read More

GA State Rep. Momtahan Explains State Solutions To Counter China Tech Threats  

China Tech Threat Co-Founder Dr. Roslyn Layton talked with Georgia State Representative Martin Momtahan just days after Governor Brian Kemp signed into law his bill, SB 346, that will prohibit the State of Georgia or any state agencies from contracting with any company owned or operated by the Chinese government.    During the conversation, Rep. Momtahan explains the impetus for his legislation to protect individuals, businesses and government infrastructure in Georgia from technology threats posed by China intrusion and influence. He shares how his experience working in technology security as far back as 2010 helped him recognize the need for stronger state-level restrictions to match similar technology security policies at the federal level, including the Department of Defense.   Rep. Momtahan also explains… Read More

GA on the Cusp of Bolstering the State Against China Tech Threats as Reports of New PRC Hacks Emerge

In February, the Georgia State Senate and House Rules Committee passed legislation, SB 346, that will prohibit the State of Georgia or any state agencies from contracting with any company owned or operated by the Chinese government. Led by State Senator Jeff Mullis and State Representative Martin Momtahan, the legislation is poised for consideration on the House floor.  The necessary and timely legislation advances as a new AP report reveals that the Chinese government broke into the computer networks of at least six state governments in the United States in the last year alone. According to the private cybersecurity firm that revealed the news, the suspected hackers are known for launching attacks for old-fashioned espionage purposes and for financial gain. China Tech Threat (CTT)… Read More

GA, NY Taking Action To Eliminate Risky Chinese Tech Contracts

As tensions between the U.S. and China escalate by the day, the Biden Administration has been making a push to crack down on U.S. trade with Chinese companies that only support the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and its enhancement of military capabilities that directly threaten our national and economic security. This approach is recognized as a continuation of the prior administration’s “more competitive — if not confrontational” policies towards China. China Tech Threat is encouraged by these developments as well as new action at the state level to mitigate and eliminate threats from risky Chinese technology. The fact is, federal policy directs information security for federal agencies, but not at the state level. The purchase of many risky tech… Read More