Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

The Open Group previews security standard for supply chains

Tech firms sign up for global assurance push with O-TTPS

Article comments

The influential Open Group has published the first preview of a new document it hopes will turn into a global standard for protecting against “counterfeit and tainted” software and parts entering technology supply chains.

Called the Open Trusted Technology Provider Standard (O-TTPS) Snapshot, the preview’s origins lie with an anxiety in the US Department of Defense (DoD) that the complexity of the modern technology supply chains left opportunities for bogus parts and insecure software to erode undermine product assurance.

Aimed primarily at large producers and consumers of ICT products (and their intricate supply chains) the Snapshot document will eventually turn into O-TTPS version 1.0 later in the year with the possibility of it becoming an ISO standard or being incorporated into Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation.

“With the increasing threats posed by cyberattacks worldwide, technology buyers at large enterprises and government agencies across the globe need assurance the products they source come from trusted technology suppliers and providers who have met set criteria for securing their supply chains,” said David Lounsbury, The Open Group’s CTO.  

Governments were particularly worried that the growing importance of automation meant that ICT systems were now being embedded in every area of critical infrastructure, increasing the security posed by bad technology, he said.

“Standards such as O-TTPS will have a significant impact on how organisations procure COTS [Commercial Off The Shelf) ICT products over the next few years and how business is done across the global supply chain,” he said.

Under the auspices of The Open Group, O-TTPS has gained the backing of a range of organisations at the top of the supply chain, including, IBM, Cisco, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, HP, NASA, Juniper Networks, Booz Allen Hamilton, CA Technologies, Oracle, and the US Department of Defense itself.

A PDF of the Snapshot can be found on The Open Group website. Interested parties can also register for a webinar, Developing Standards that Secure the Global Supply Chain, Enabling Suppliers Globally to Raise the Bar on Security and Integrity on 15 March, at 15.00 (GMT).


More from Techworld

More relevant IT news


Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *