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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: SMTA/CALCE Symposium On Counterfeit Parts And Materials (SCEP2017)

SMTA/CALCE Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials
Technical Symposium: June 27-29, 2017
Expo: June 27-28, 2017
Workshops: June 29, 2017
College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
College Park, MD

SMTA and CALCE University of Maryland are pleased to announce the 2017 Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials. …

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SMTA/CALCE Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials

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ersity of Maryland are pleased to announce the east coast venue for the Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials. The program will be held June 28-29 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The Workshops will be held June 30 at the University of Maryland.

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NDIA’s Trusted Microelectronics Workshop: The Future Landscape

Trusted Microelectronics Workshop
August 25, 2015
Alexandria, VA
http://www.ndia.org/meetings/5290

NDIA is pleased to offer our fifth workshop designed to identify ways in which Trusted Microelectronics can contribute to greater systems security and information assurance. With participation from both Government and Industry, our half-day workshops have provided an effective forum for direct discussions of the challenges faced by policy makers, program managers, systems developers, and supply chain managers. Register today for the upcoming workshop on August 25th in Alexandria, VA. Continue reading

SMTA/CALCE Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials

SMTA and CALCE are pleased to announce the east coast venue for the Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials. The program will be held June 23-25.

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SMTA / CALCE Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials

SMTA and CALCE University of Maryland are pleased to announce the 2015 Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials. The symposium will be held June 23-25, 2015, at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, College Park, MD, USA. Read More.

Counterfeit Parts Avoidance, Part II — SMA Discussion Forum

Counterfeit parts within the government supply chain are a growing concern. Join us for a Safety and Mission Assurance Discussion Forum on March 3 at 1 p.m. EST as our panelists continue the dialog on combating counterfeit parts, including

  • Cyber security and electronic parts
  • Ruminations, myths and unreliable facts
  • Mechanical and structural counterfeiting

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Underworld, Inc.: Knock-offs | National Geographic Channel

“Anything and everything can be faked: watches, purses, shoes, electronics, smartphones. Go underground to see the breathtaking enterprise and expertise of counterfeiting — an economy that turns over an estimated $500 billion a year….”

Next Airing: SAT FEB 7 8PM ET

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Ruminations … Chapter 2: Circuitous Paths

The introduction to this series of essays included a brief a discussion of the movement of parts among the more prominent players within the electronic part supply chain. The following diagram includes a depiction of the flow of parts from Original Component Manufacturers (OCMs) to Authorized Distributors to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and to Contract Manufacturers (CMs).

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Third NDIA Supply Chain Summit

Third NDIA Supply Chain Summit, Tuesday, December 9th, Crown Plaza, Rockville MD

Increasingly, supply chains for defense products are being threatened by forces seeking to access technical intellectual property, to alter products performance, to disrupt operations, or to benefit economically from the robust U.S. defense market. These threats can come from insiders within the defense industrial base and their suppliers; terrorist groups;nation states (adversarial and friendly) and activist hackers. Threats can also come from dishonest merchants of counterfeit components seeking financial gain.
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Ruminations … Chapter 1: The Escape That Never Happens (A Leak in Authorized Distribution)

Conventional wisdom holds that counterfeit parts do not enter the supply chain through Authorized Distribution. Electronic part distribution experts claim such events are so improbable, the user community need not apply counterfeit avoidance practices when acquiring parts through authorized channels. Many of these experts have acknowledged, however, that the handling of product returns presents a possible point of vulnerability.

This essay discusses a counterfeit part escape through authorized distribution illustrating a vulnerability associated with processing products returned by customers. Authorized Distribution professionals have referred to this incident as a rarity and, therefore, neither a call for concern by the user community, nor worthy of the attention it has received. I offer some further thoughts to consider before dismissing this escape.

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