Chinese information technology vendors that have been restricted by U.S. military and intelligence networks still contract with state governments. Once the products from these vendors – such as Lexmark and Lenovo – are put to use, they can serve as backdoors to access sensitive personal and financial information held by courts, police departments, elections departments, education departments, children and family services, and other government agencies.
In March 2020, China Tech Threat did a deep dive and took a state-by-state look at this tech threat disconnect. Our findings are laid out at ChinaTechThreat.com/StateContracts/.
We started a process to update this information and are aiming to have a fresh analysis in the fall. In the meantime, here’s a list of currently-known, active contracts from various states as found through NASPO ValuePoint.
|Lenovo (United States) – 33||Lenovo (Global) – 14||Lexmark (Global) – 14|
|New Mexico||New Mexico||New Mexico|
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island|
|South Carolina||South Carolina|
|South Dakota||South Dakota|