Recent U.S. efforts to ban the federal use of telecommunications equipment from Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies are “malaligned” and “don’t make any sense to me,” said former Federal CIO Tony Scott in a podcast interview with SC Media.

Scott, who served under former President Barack Obama and now operates as chairman of his own IT consulting and advisory firm the TonyScottGroup, previously addressed the controversial banning of Chinese technology in a recently published supply chain security white paper that is owned by and was reportedly paid for by Huawei. (Huawei Technologies USA Chief Security Officer said Scott told SecurityWeek that Scott decided on his own content.)

In his podcast with SC Media, Scott reiterated some of the concerns that he previously alluded to in his paper, which does not specifically reference Huawei, and also called for an independent and standardized testing and certification process to assess the security risks of telecom techniques, IoT devices and other key digital technologies.

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