Pompeo in China
BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 14: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People. Pompeo says the State Department has expanded efforts to protect U.S. vaccine research and IP from China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang via Getty Images)

As concerns mount over China’s efforts to swipe intellectual property from U.S. companies – most recently COVID-19 vaccine research – the State Department has expanded its Clean Network program to protect U.S. critical telecommunications and technology infrastructure. Among the key objectives is to push vaccine research and other sensitive information to secured clouds.

The programs “are rooted in internationally accepted digital trust standards” and built on the 5G Clean Path initiative to secure data that travels on 5G networks into U.S. diplomatic posts overseas as well as within the U.S., Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a release.

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