Monthly Archives: February 2014

Federal Register | Public Inspection: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Meetings, Further Implementation

DoD is hosting a public meeting to obtain the views of experts and interested parties in Government and the private sector regarding further implementation of the requirement for detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts, as required by a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. …

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Counterfeit Integrated Circuits: Detection, Avoidance, and the Challenges Ahead – Ujjwal Guin, Daniel DiMase, Mark Tehranipoor

Title: Counterfeit Integrated Circuits: Detection, Avoidance, and the Challenges Ahead
Journal of Electronic Testing: Theory and Applications (JETTA), 2014.

Abstract: The counterfeiting of electronic components has become a major challenge in the 21st century. The electronic component supply chain has been greatly affected by widespread counterfeit incidents. A specialized service of testing, detection, and avoidance must be created to tackle the worldwide outbreak of counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs). So far, there are standards and programs in place for outlining the testing, documenting, and reporting procedures. However, there is not yet enough research addressing the detection and avoidance of such counterfeit parts. In this paper we will present, in detail, all types of counterfeits, the defects present in them, and their detection methods. We will then describe the challenges to implementing these test methods and to their effectiveness. We will present several anti-counterfeit measures to prevent this widespread counterfeiting, and we also consider the effectiveness and limitations of these anti-counterfeiting techniques.

Paper available here.

Tiny, Cheap, Foolproof: Seeking New Component to Counter Counterfeit Electronics – DARPA

New program seeks tool that authenticates electronic components at any step of the supply chain …

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FAR / DFAR Case Update (18 February 2014)

Status updates from the ‘Open Cases Reports’ …

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Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses

From the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator … 

Earlier today [19 February], President Obama issued an Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses. As described more fully below, today’s Executive Order is an important component of the Administration’s 21st century trade agenda.  Continue reading

Convergence of Counterfeit and Cyber Threats: Understanding New Rules on Supply Chain Risk – Robert S. Metzger

“Section 818 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (‘‘NDAA 2012’’) should be understood in the context that led to its enactment, and the harm that it sought to prevent. But as time has passed, since enactment of Section 818 late in 2011, the federal government’s perception of the threat has changed and so too has the emphasis of policy and regulatory initiatives being taken in response. … the increasing emphasis of DoD and other federal agencies (including the GSA) will be on protection against those counterfeits that present cyber risks. …”

Convergence of Counterfeit and Cyber Threats: Understanding New Rules on Supply Chain Risk“, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 101 FCR, Feb. 18, 2014, by Robert S. Metzger

Cybersecurity Framework – U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator

From the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator …

Today [12 Feb 2014], through the collaborative efforts of the private sector and the Federal Government, the Administration launched its Cybersecurity Framework setting forth voluntary standards and best practices to improve the management of cyber-risk to our Nation’s critical infrastructure. The Cybersecurity Framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology is critical deliverable of Executive Order 13636 – Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity signed by President Obama last year.

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39th Annual GOMACTech Conference

This year’s program will include briefings on a number of topics relative to counterfeit parts:

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