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Bill introduced by U.S. Senate aims to address the threat posed by Chinese technology

U.S. Senate Introduces Bill to Combat Threat of Chinese Technology in Ports

The U.S. Senate has introduced a new bill aimed at protecting American ports and infrastructure from cybersecurity threats posed by China. Senators Bob Casey and Mark Kelly introduced the Secure Smartports Act, which would require the National Counterintelligence and Security Center to develop a plan to help companies safeguard against risks associated with using Chinese technology.

The bill is a response to the growing reliance on digital systems in the maritime shipping industry, which have transformed the efficiency of moving goods to market. However, this increased digital interconnectedness also presents vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malicious actors.

The legislation would focus on alerting the U.S. port and shipping industry to the threat of Chinese-backed shipping and logistics infrastructure, technology, and software. This proactive approach aims to protect American ports, the economy, and everyday citizens from potential cyber threats.

The Secure Smartports Act is seen as a crucial step in safeguarding critical infrastructure and ensuring the security of supply chains in the United States. It comes at a time when cybersecurity threats are becoming more sophisticated and prevalent, making it essential to take proactive measures to protect against potential attacks.

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