Lenovo, Check Point & US Government Computer Security
Brad Feld wrote this morning on the issue of the US Government purchasing computers from Lenovo here. As Mr. Feld points out, the government also derailed the merger between Check Point and Sourcefire based on the argument that sensitive government agencies (using Sourcefire's intrustion dectection/prevention product) would only use security products developed domestically. I don't believe this issue is black and white and I’m not actually sure where I stand on it, so I’ll simply put forward a couple of points that I think add color to the debate.
First China and Israel do have a history of spying on the United States so it is not paranoid to believe that either country would attempt to target the our nations most sensitive computing resources. Second,
However, while Lenovo and Check Point are headquartered in
Furthermore, if the problem is the government purchasing computers manufactured in
Lastly, the previously hidden “Lenovo Tapes” do shed some light on Lenovo’s capabilities… definitely worth a look they are very funny.