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FBI Investigating HHS Cyberattack
Cyber Security

FBI Investigating HHS Cyberattack

The FBI Investigating HHS Cyberattack During Coronavirus Crisis The AP reported that Attorney General William Barr has announced that the FBI is investigating the HHS Cyberattack that took place on March 16, 2020 for the involvement of foreign governments.  The incident that was originally reported on Sunday March 16, 2020 by Bloomberg, involved a cyberattack

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Concerns for Business Cybersecurity
Cyber Security

Concerns for Business Cybersecurity Capabilities

Business Cybersecurity Report Card for 2019 There are growing concerns for business cybersecurity to meet the challenges of today’s hostile environment.  The international insurance underwriter Hiscox recently released its Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2019 and the news was not good.  The report showed that the number of cyber attacks has increased and that businesses of

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effective product test management
Product Testing News

Effective Test Program Management for Better Products

Effective Test Program Management Requires Planning Effective Test Program Management can add value to product development when its true value has been identified.  Too often product testing is left to the last moment, calls are made to test laboratories to ask what testing is required.  Equipment and somebody from the engineering team is transported off

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collaboration and quality management
Quality News

Collaboration and Quality Management, Working Together

  Collaboration and Quality Management Collaboration and Quality Management are concepts that should come to mind together.  It can, however, be difficult to institute collaboration in a manufacturing or service process.  There are challenges involved in bringing all stake holders to the table and engaging them in continuing cooperation. Working Between Departments Interdepartmental differences in

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MIL STD 810H Humidity
Product Testing News

MIL STD 810H Humidity Method 507.6, A Deeper Look

MIL STD 810H Humidity MIL STD 810H Humidity Method 507.6 is a test method for evaluating products that are likely to be stored and/or operated in a warm, humid environment.  MIL-STD-810 Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests is a Department of Defense (DoD) standard for military and commercial applications.  It is a series of laboratory

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Export Compliance Program Management
ITAR News

Export Compliance Program Management for Success

Export Compliance Program Management Effective export compliance program management is important for a successful business.  International trade is more prevalent than in any time in history.  Failure to comply with export laws such as the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) can lead to criminal penalties and imprisonment, civil

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Understanding CMMC Requirements
Cyber Security

Understanding CMMC Requirements for DoD Suppliers

Understanding CMMC Requirements History Understanding CMMC Requirements is critical for businesses of all sizes in the defense industry.  A key to establishing effective Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is knowing what led to its development. Executive Order 13806 In 2017 President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13806 Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial

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Implementation of ISO 13485:2016
Quality News

Implementation of ISO 13485:2016 and CAPA

Proper Implementation of ISO 13485:2016 is Essential Implementation of ISO 13485:2016 Quality Management System (QMS) is a requirement for manufacturers of products used for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of medical conditions in the U.S. market.  This requirement is established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  To ensure compliance, the FDA conducts inspections of

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huawei's legal problems
ITAR News

Huawei’s Legal Problems Continue in the United States

Huawei’s Legal Problems in the United States Huawei’s Legal Problems in the United States continue on multiple fronts.  The Chinese tech giant has been the target of the U.S. Senate, The Department of Justice, and has had a case against U.S. Government contracts ban dismissed before going to court. Department of Justice Actions In an

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Electromagnetic Pulse Vulnerabilities
Product Testing News

Electromagnetic Pulse Vulnerabilities and Product Design

What is an Electromagnetic Pulse? Electronic products have Electromagnetic Pulse Vulnerabilities that could cripple infrastructure systems across the planet.  It is a serious concern that a number of agencies have reported on at length.   The Critical National Infrastructure Commission report of 2008 is one such example that outlines some dire possibilities. Electromagnetic Pulses (EMP) can

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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification
Cyber Security

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

What is Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification? The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment has released the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.  The program will be made effective in new programs released by the Department of Defense (DoD) and will be a requirement for product and service providers.  This program has

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emi and device coexistance
Product Testing News

EMI and Device Coexistence in Today’s RF Environment

The Growth of RF Spectrum Usage, EMI and Device Coexistance Increased reliance on radio frequency communication has created issues for Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Device Coexistence.  Cellular devices and equipment using the Internet of Things (IoT) are major causes of this increase.  This has effected product development strategies for both commercial and defense applications, particularly

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public sector quality management
Quality News

Public Sector Quality Management

Public Sector Quality Management Applications There have been numerous attempts at implementing public sector Quality Management Systems (QMS) in the past decades.  These attempts have had mixed results due to a number of factors.  Many programs at the federal level, such as those incorporated by the Department of Defense (DOD) in the 1970’s, have been

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Airbus ITAR and Bribery Penalties
ITAR News

Airbus ITAR and Bribery Penalties Over $3.9 Billion

Airbus ITAR and Bribery a Massive Multi-year Scheme The Department of Justice recently announced that Airbus ITAR and Bribery Penalties would amount to more than $3.9 Billion in fines to the United States and United Kingdom.  Airbus, based in France, is a leading global manufacturer of commercial and military aircraft.  This case, which involved the

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Infrastructure and Manufacturing Cyberattacks
Cyber Security

Infrastructure and Manufacturing Cyberattacks

Cyberattacks Strike Infrastructure and Manufacturing Infrastructure and manufacturing concerns pose tempting targets for cyberattacks.  When considering Cyber Security first thoughts usually go to computers and information technology, but industrial devices and processes can fall victims to attacks.  On February 18, 2020 the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reported on a

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