Whether you're buying or selling hardware and software, or acting as systems integrator, the new supply-chain security standard put forward by the Open Group in April could end up having a huge impact on you. Here are a few frequently asked questions that explain why.
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The danger of counterfeit and tampered IT products is well known, and to fight it, the Open Group has published a technical security standard aimed at supply-chain safety. It's anticipated that by year-end there will also be an official process under way for accreditation so technology suppliers can prove adherence to the standard, according to some involved, which include IBM and Cisco.
There's a need to rely and trust forces outside our direct control for security -- and that awareness spurred the United Kingdom's national infrastructure protection authority to push for a standard way to model the implications of relying on technology, services, people and more.