HP recently announced that the compact flash cards that ship with their ProCurve 5400 switches may contain malware that can compromise the system. While this security breach is an embarrassment for HP, it is a warning of an even more insidious threat to manufacturers. As supply chains become more globally distributed and products more technology-based, the effort to ensure products do not pickup malware along the way to the consumer is going to be an increasing challenge. Embedding the proper digital security controls in everything from pacemakers to cars is going to be crucial for any manufacturer of a product with a microchip in it. A consortium of security experts is now working to publish a set of guidelines to ensure digital security for commercial software and hardware products in global supply chains.
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