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Why are US Lawmakers Navigating Counterintelligence Threats?

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Experts have concluded that our rising dependence on disruptive technologies has given a rise to counterintelligence threats. Basically, counterintelligence is the information gathered and the actions taken to identify and protect against an adversary’s knowledge collection activities or attempts to cause harm through sabotage or other actions. The primary goal of counterintelligence is to make certain that no information can be modified, destroyed, or leaked by malicious actors and is only authorized by people who have access to it. But the growing expansion of technology in our daily lives has made sure that threats to counterintelligence also rise, hence the governments are issuing notices to lawmakers navigating counterintelligence threats that they are shrewd and certain that under no circumstances the perpetrators can manipulate high-priority intelligence information and jeopardize the security of the citizens.

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Quite recently, the US Senate Intelligence Committee released a report that focused on examining counterintelligence threats, not just for government entities, but also for the private companies and universities that are increasingly targeted by the foreign spy agencies that are apparently trying to steal the country’s avant-garde technological advances. Officials have denoted that the number of foreign intelligence threats is on the rise, and hence, the government and large-scale public companies are placed in the bull’s eye.

How are US Senators and Lawmakers Navigating Counterintelligence Threats?

Currently, US Senators have been protesting Apple’s decision to purchase memory chips from Yangtze Memory Technologies, which is a world-renowned Chinese chipmaker. They have ordered an investigation into the threat that this deal might pose to national security. These allegations come after Apple decided to purchase memory from the Chinese memory chip giant for its new iPhone 14 model. According to reports, the committee’s investigation, which encompassed classified briefings with intelligence officials and public discussions with private companies and US universities, revealed that approximately US$600 billion worth of US intelligence properties like designs, patents, and technological breakthroughs have been stolen.

After this revelation, the Senate Intelligence Committee has created a framework which would involve holding more hearings on the threat, along with modifying the existing counterintelligence threats law. Besides, foreign powers have been trying to exploit advanced technical abilities, sensitive technology, and the country’s intellectual property to launch malicious cybersecurity threats. Hence, US lawmakers have been fighting tooth and nail to ensure that these threats in hi-tech areas are minimized and eventually completely eradicated.

Integrating Advanced Threat Intelligence to Monitor Cybersecurity Issues

Executives from the intelligence committee in the US have suggested deploying the MI5 model, which is the UK’s domestic security system. The counterintelligence agencies basically encompass agencies like the FBI, the CIA and the State Department, and military services. Building an agency based on the MI5 model would dilute the strength of these agencies and focus the efforts of these agencies and high-profile targets. Universities in the US are already working on striking a balance between remaining open and welcoming foreign candidates, but as preserving intellectual property is becoming more difficult, they are requesting government officials to ensure safety and security for everyone residing in the country.

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