September 13, 2012 11:08 pm

Work together to counter the fakes

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From Mr David M. Lounsbury.

Sir, In his article “iPhone repairer in counterfeit parts probe” (September 11), Alistair Gray was right to highlight concerns about the presence of fake goods in supply chains. Tainted and counterfeit products pose significant risk to consumers and organisations and can result in failed or inferior products, revenue and brand equity loss and disclosure of intellectual property.

Earlier this year I testified to the US Congress on this matter and explained that, with the increasing threats posed by cyberattacks worldwide, organisations need assurance that the products they source come from trusted suppliers that meet set criteria for securing their supply chains.

To address this, we need more technology companies, customers, government and supplier organisations to work together and agree on standards and best practices for manufacturing, sourcing and integrating trusted, secure technology products as they move through the global supply chain.

David M. Lounsbury, Chief Technical Officer, The Open Group, Burlington, MA, US

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