The Department of Commerce (DOC) is seeking public comment on a proposed amendment to the list of criteria for determining whether transactions involving information and communications technology and services pose risks to national security.
The ministry proposed adding the absence of reliable third parties to assess the security of connected software applications as a potential indicator of risk in determining whether to approve the acquisition, import and transfer of information products and services. and foreign communications, according to a notice in the Federal Register Friday.
The proposed amendment follows a presidential executive order issued in June by President Biden directing the federal government to review the security of connected software applications developed, manufactured and provided by people backed by a foreign adversary.
The department is seeking industry input on whether the additional criteria should be applied to all reviews of ICTS transactions or only to those that involve connected software applications.
Commerce also wishes to determine whether the definition of connected software applications should be revised to include other means of transmission and communication devices.
Comments on the proposed rule are welcome until December 27.