The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has extended by six months the term of its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Task Force, which was set up by the agency two years ago as a venue for government and industry to develop consensus strategies to improve ICT supply chain security.

The six-month extension, CISA said, will provide time for the task force’s working groups to continue efforts toward producing a number of reports including one dealing with threat scenarios, and position the task force “to support the supply chain risk management imperative in 2021.”

Last December, the task force released its Year 2 Report covering topics including threat data sharing, threat evaluation, templates for compliance assessments, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on supply chains.

“The work of the Task Force over the past two years has been invaluable to the critical infrastructure community,” said Bob Kolasky, CISA Assistant Director and Task Force Co-Chair, in a statement.

“Extending the charter for six additional months ensures the Task Force has the support and flexibility needed to function as a high-leverage, public-private partnership able to work beyond the normal governmental processes to address unique challenges impacting global ICT supply chains,” he said.

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John Curran is MeriTalk's Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.