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iranian cybersecurity threats
Cyber Security

Iranian Cybersecurity Threats Continue Worldwide

The Truth About Iranian Cybersecurity Threats Given recent headlines, one might conclude that Iranian Cybersecurity threats were a new development.  In fact, Iran has been a player in the international cyber game since 2002 with the formation of the Ashiyane hacking forum to repress dissidents.  By 2007, government backed organizations had begun to develop sophisticated

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Preparing for ISO Audits
Quality News

Preparing for ISO Audits in Your Organization

Preparing for ISO audits can greatly enhance the quality of information received from the process.  This information can provide insights for improvements in the organization and increased efficiency.  Regardless of the standard being employed, some simple steps can be taken to get the desired results. ISO Standards The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) publishes and

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vibration test fixtures
Product Testing News

Vibration Test Fixtures – A Reason For Concern

The Importance of  Vibration Test Fixtures For most projects, the design of vibration test fixtures is often left to the last minute.  Regardless of your industry, vibration testing is one of the most important tools in product test and evaluation.  A well designed fixture will provide ample rigidity to prevent resonances that can result in

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Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms
Cyber Security

Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that they had selected four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms to address concerns of quantum computer cyber attacks against current encryption technologies.  The selection was made from respondents to a post-quantum cryptography standardization project. The Emerging World of Quantum Computing Quantum computers utilize certain phenomena of quantum mechanics

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Integrating Multiple Management Systems
Quality News

Integrating Multiple Management Systems – Goals

Integrating multiple management systems can provide businesses with a more coordinated approach to addressing growing numbers of organizational concerns and responsibilities.  This integration can be accomplished prior to implementing a management system or after implementing any number of systems.  Once accomplished however, an organization can realize enhanced planning, accountability, and reduction of costs. The International

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BIS Places Controls
ITAR News

BIS Places Controls on Section 1758 Technologies

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) places controls on technologies pursuant to Section 1758, whose export may threaten U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.  As of May 23, 2022 the BIS announced that it would no longer classify those controlled technologies as emerging or foundational.  This action is providing the agency with flexibility

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florida state cybersecurity act
Cyber Security

Florida State Cybersecurity Act Revision

Amendments were signed into law to the Florida State Cybersecurity Act on July 1, 2022.  These revisions illustrate the gap between desired levels of information security and attained levels in both the public and private sectors. The Act, also known as the Cybersecurity Act applies to the Florida Digital Service (FLDS) and the heads of

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product ruggedness and water
Product Testing News

Product Ruggedness and Water Test Methods

Water is a Major Concern in Product Ruggedness Testing Water is part of many test methods when evaluating product ruggedness. We live in a world that is predominated by the substance, and its effects on products for any application are severe. Because of this, products must be evaluated for their abilities to endure exposure to

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ISO 27001 cybersecurity
Cyber Security

ISO 27001 Cybersecurity Management System

ISO 27001 cybersecurity management is an effective Information Security Management System (ISMS) for organizations and businesses of all sizes.  It provides a means to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information in a system that can be harmonized with other management systems. The ISO Advantage There are numerous cyber security solutions for protecting confidential information. 

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Miltary Power Quality Testing
Product Testing News

Military Power Quality Testing Standards

Test requirements for equipment designed for use on military platforms include a number of power quality standards.  These standards evaluate the equipment’s ability to operate normally when subjected to disturbances characteristically found on their platform of intended use.  They also place limits on the level of disturbance the equipment can contribute to the voltage distribution

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Export Regulations Due Diligence
ITAR News

Export Regulations Due Diligence for Compliance

Exercising export regulations due diligence involves complying to complex sets of requirements set forth by multiple U.S. government agencies.  These agencies include the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC), and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The International Traffic in Arms

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Collaboration and Quality Management
Quality News

Collaboration and Quality Management – Teamwork

Collaboration and Quality Management are concepts that should come to mind together.  It can, however, be difficult to combine teamwork and quality management in a manufacturing or service process.  There are challenges involved in bringing all interested parties to the table and engaging them in working together to continuously improve products and services.  These challenges

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nist cybersecurity for business
Cyber Security

NIST Cybersecurity for Business Applications

Integrating NIST cybersecurity for business applications into existing management system processes requires specialized implementation.  This is of special concern for organizations involved in contracting with the Department of Defense (DoD) that are adopting NIST SP 800-171 to meet Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements.   A major issue in this integration, is that the NIST cybersecurity

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implementing iso 9001 2005
Quality News

Implementing ISO 9001:2015 Around Your Organization

Implementing ISO 9001:2015 properly can benefit an organization across the board if executed appropriately.  The first steps of an effective implementation process should include determining what the intended results of the program should be.  These quality objectives may include factors beyond meeting customer expectations and ensuring the quality of products and services.  For example, a

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MIL-STD-810H change 1
Product Testing News

MIL-STD-810H Change 1 Revises Method 509

MIL-STD-810H change 1 Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) on May of 2022.  Although changes in the standard were few, Method 509 Salt Fog has been entirely rewritten.  Method 509.8 is now titled Salt Fog / Corrosive Environments and is comprised of three procedures. Procedures for Salt Fog

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