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Written by Joseph Marks.

The Homeland Security Department is surging its efforts to protect government and contractor technology systems from cyber risks inside their supply chains, a top department official said Wednesday.

Government contracting leaders from the General Services Administration and counterintelligence officials are also working on the Homeland Security-led effort that launched earlier this year, said Jeanette Manfra, who leads Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.

The department is consulting with some industry leaders on how they manage supply chain risks, Manfra said, but she declined to name the companies during a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution and in a conversation afterward with reporters.

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