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CISA Director Calls on Tech Companies to Build Security into Products

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CISA Director Jen Easterly testifies before a House Homeland Security Subcommittee in April.

Easterly encouraged organizations to adopt more stringent requirements that their tech vendors must meet to land a contract.

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A top cybersecurity official said in a speech Monday it's long past time for technology companies to build cybersecurity into their product design.

What they're saying: "The risk introduced to all of us by unsafe technology is frankly much more dangerous and pervasive than the spy balloon, yet we've somehow allowed ourselves to accept it," Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly said in remarks at Carnegie Mellon University.

"We've normalized the fact that technology products are released to market with dozens, hundreds or thousands of defects, when such poor construction would be unacceptable in any other critical field," she added.

Why it matters: The remarks tee up a highly anticipated national cybersecurity strategy expected from the White House that will push tech companies to create more secure products.

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