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28 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2022 Feature Article by Randy Cherry IPC VALIDATION SERVICES If you work for a U.S. defense prime contrac- tor, do you have concerns about the safety of the controlled unclassified information (CUI) for your printed circuit boards, printed circuit board assemblies, and cable and wire har- nesses? What about the design and the devel- opment process for your products? Is the controlled technical information (CTI) safe and protected? Are the suppliers that your company selected maintaining a quality sys- tem, a supply chain risk management pro- cess, a security system to protect products and services from unauthorized access, and a Chain of Custody policy for electronic and physical materials? Once again, if you work for a U.S. defense prime contractor, how do you know that your suppliers are following the ITAR and EAR reg- ulations? CUI and CTI Your company needs trusted suppliers that can demonstrate the ability to meet or exceed industry standards to ensure that your CUI and CTI is protected. You deserve to have those questions answered. Let us define some terms. Controlled unclas- sified information (CUI) is information that requires safeguarding or dissemination con- trols pursuant to and consistent with appli- cable law, regulations, and government-wide policies, but is not classified. Controlled tech- nical information (CTI) is a subset of CUI and is technical information with military or space applications that is subject to controls on the access, use, reproduction, modification, per- formance, display, release, disclosure, or dis- semination. In other words, CUI and CTI are especially important to protect and, at all How Important Is Trust?

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