Heinrich Presses National Counterintelligence Director Nominee On Security Threat Posed By Chinese Company ZTE, Protecting Energy Grid From Cyber-Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned William Evanina during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence confirmation hearing on his nomination to continue his service as the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC).

VIDEO: Heinrich Presses National Counterintelligence Director Nominee On Security Threat Posed By Chinese Company ZTE, Protecting Energy Grid From Cyber-Attacks

During the hearing, Senator Heinrich raised concerns with President Trump’s recent announcement to help China’s smartphone maker ZTE get back into business after the Commerce Department banned ZTE from using U.S. technology after it illegally shipped U.S. goods to Iran and North Korea. Senator Heinrich questioned Director Evanina on whether it makes sense for President Trump to undercut the advice and judgment of the national security community, which has warned that ZTE poses a major cybersecurity threat to the United States, in order to help save Chinese jobs.

Senator Heinrich also questioned Director Evanina on protecting the U.S. power grid and other critical infrastructure from the large-scale Russian cyber campaign to extract information and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations. In response to Senator Heinrich, Director Evanina stated that the cyber threat from Russia continues today and expressed the importance of working across agencies with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy. 

Testimony and the archived webcast of today's hearing will be available here.