Category Archives: Research

Mitigating Risks of Counterfeit and Tainted Components – CrossTalk Magazine (March/April 2014)

“Though not an exhaustive list, the articles in this issue of CrossTalk demonstrate the breadth of anti- counterfeiting and supply chain risk management efforts taking place as well as the depth of the need to share data and lessons learned. …”

Mitigating Risks of Counterfeit and Tainted Components – CrossTalk Magazine (March/April 2014).

CHASE Survey on 6 Most Important Topics in Hardware Security

From Dr Mohammad Tehranipoor, Director, CHASE Center, The University of Connecticut …

Dear Colleagues,

We are conducting a survey on the six most important problems that we are (will be) facing in the filed of Hardware Assurance and Security, and your response to this survey would be greatly appreciated. This should not take more than 5-7 minutes of your valuable time.

Here is a link to the survey:

Thanks for your participation! We will be glad to share the result of this survey when collected.

Mohammad Tehranipoor
Director, CHASE Center
The University of Connecticut

HASC Calls for MDA to Assess the Use of Assembly Level Stress Testing to Detect Counterfeit Parts

In its 7 June report, the US House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services directs the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to assess the use modern highly accelerated life testing and highly accelerated stress screening (HALT/HASS) testing equipment and processes as a means to reveal “latent design flaws (including those based on the use of faulty or counterfeit parts) that can go undetected with legacy testing approaches.”

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Focus Areas for an A&D Contractor Industry Counterfeit Prevention Strategy

A high level counterfeit prevention strategy is needed to address standards gaps and to resolve implementation issues that, to some degree, are driven by new and forthcoming US Government requirements directed to the aerospace and defense (A&D) Contractor Industry. Collaboration between A&D Contractor Industry companies is key to developing such a strategy, focusing limited resources and driving meaningful implementation at appropriate levels within the supply chain.

I offer the following thoughts on focus areas to include in a high level counterfeit prevention strategy developed from the perspective of A&D contractors.


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Where Policy, Legislation, Standards and Practicality Collide – Counterfeit Parts Prevention Issues Requiring Government / Industry Collaboration to Address

Legislation and regulatory requirements and standards gaps continue to present aerospace & defense industry and US government users with significant implementation challenges with respect to counterfeit part avoidance and detection. The counterfeit parts issue is similar to the lead-free electronics issue in that regulations drive the need for standards, but technical challenges and supply chain limitations must be recognized so that reasonable and implementable regulations and policies are developed in response to the threat. Though many of these challenges have been discussed in Industry and Government forums and described in trade literature and the media, many remain unresolved.

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NIST ICT Supply Chain Workshop

On October 15 and 16, 2012, NIST will host a two-day workshop at its Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters to engage multiple stakeholders to help establish a foundation for NIST’s future work on ICT supply chain risk management (SCRM). …


The Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering (CHASE) – A promising plan to focus and coordinate research and development activity

This past summer, I participated in a kick-off meeting at the University of Connecticut concerning the formation of the “Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering” (CHASE). The concept and formation of CHASE was the result of subject matter experts among the user community identifying the need for a collaborative, non-biased environment to focus and coordinate research and development activity associated with cyber security of electronics and anti-counterfeiting approaches and tools applied to electronic component use.
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