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Maverick* Research: Living in a World Without Trust: When IT's Supply Chain Integrity and Online Infrastructure Get Pwned

Published: 05 October 2012

ID: G00238476

Analyst(s): Ray Valdes, Neil MacDonald


Enterprise IT supply chains will be targeted and compromised, forcing changes in the structure of the IT marketplace and how IT will be managed moving forward. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking, and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • Supply Chain Integrity Is Increasingly Relevant to Enterprise IT
  • Supply Chain Integrity Is Not New, but Problems Are Increasing
  • Why IT Supply Chain Integrity Is Becoming a Critical Issue Now: Motivational Changes
  • Why IT Supply Chain Integrity Is Becoming a Critical Issue Now: Technical Changes
  • The Result: Unmanageable Complexity, Unmanageable Risk
  • Insights and Recommendations From Recent IT Supply Chain Issues
    • Incident No. 1: Counterfeit Cisco Routers in the Supply Chain
    • Incident No. 2: Huawei Banned From Western Government Deals
    • Incident No. 3: Stuxnet Cyberwarfare Attack on Iranian Nuclear Infrastructure
    • Incident No. 4: Flame Disclosed as Reconnaissance Element of Stuxnet
    • Incident No. 5: ZTE Phone Backdoor
    • Incident No. 6: 2012 Backdoor in Chinese-Manufactured FPGAs
  • Other Examples of Potential IT Supply Chain Integrity Compromises
    • Recommendations
  • Absolute Trust in IT Supply Chains Is Naive: Adopt Mistrust as a Guiding Principle
  • Rebuilding Trust in the IT Supply Chain: Maverick Implications
  • Changes in Mindset for Enterprise IT
  • Trust Resiliency
  • Bottom Line

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