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Is it now crazy to offshore IT to China?

Patrick Thibodeau | Feb. 25, 2013
Mandiant report citing Chinese government's role in cyberattacks might give more pause to some U.S. companies

The security risks may be marginally greater there if the telecommunications equipment has been compromised with backdoors. How attacks on the equipment are mounted, though, is geographically independent, said Slaby.

The bottom line is that companies offshoring to China are "only embracing nominally more risks" as long as they are pursing best practices to protect corporate data, said Slaby.

Deploying basic security practices, "are more important than thinking about where you are physically located," said Slaby.

Daniel Castro, an analyst at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, does not believe that "businesses will rethink their off-shoring decisions because of the Mandiant report, but they should all be taking a close look at their risk exposure and mitigation measures for these types of threats."

 

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