Heading toward 2020, China has now emerged as the officially recognized top cyber security threat for the United States. Beating China means staying ahead of one of the world's fastest-growing economies. Here are our top suggestions:
US Federal Clearance rules forbid current or former PRC Chinese citizens from involvement in any cleared, US Government work.
Even Chinese citizens with 'legal' H-1b visas are prohibited from certain sensitive work: Tax, Accounting, and IT work putting them in contact with US citizen or US government data.
Ban and monitor foreign contractor use of banned Chinese devices on lunch breaks or even during personal time at home. If in doubt, ask the FBI or US Defense Department.
Be sure to check your own vendors or downstream suppliers for hidden Chinese cyber violations in the form of Chinese-made computing, electronic or mobile phone components.
Industry-standard sofware such as Tenable or Wnet are easy, affordable ways for IT teams or individual contractors to monitor their home and (unclassified) work lines daily for possible Chinese contamination. Here's what this might look like, on a very simple network scan:
Common wholesale marketplace / federal government suppliers such as CDW, SuperMicro, and even Dell or HP commonly use chips, motherboards and secure servers manufactured in China. That is no longer allowed for US government contracts. And as of early 2018, the US Defense Department officially banned all Apple products from personal or government contract use, due to Apple's extensive use of Chinese manufacturing facilities.