WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An increasing number of cloned and counterfeit devices are flooding our nation's supply chains and threatening our infrastructure.
Tom Bergman, program manager in Battelle Memorial Institute's Cyber Innovations Unit, said these insidious devices endanger every aspect of society and can infiltrate supply chains unnoticed. Targets include, among others, medical devices, automotive systems and driverless vehicles.
"The people who are counterfeiting and cloning devices are not going to go away," said Bergman, whose organization is an event sponsor. "The best hope we have is to continue to develop technology that stays a step ahead."
Protecting suppliers and key areas of the economy will be highlighted at the IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST '16) in the Boston suburb of Waltham, Mass., on 10-12 May. www.ieee-hst.org.
Battelle is doing "everything we can do to protect our country and our people from the threat of these counterfeit and cloned devices," Bergman said.
Bergman made his comments on the ScienceNews Radio Network program Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. www.PromiseOfTomorrow.biz.
About HST '16
Peer-reviewed papers, keynote addresses and business panels will be presented during HST '16 at the Westin Waltham Boston. It's the 15th in an annual series of events focusing on emerging homeland security technologies.
HST '16 will assemble leading academic, industry, business, government and Homeland Security Centers of Excellence innovators. All are working on technologies designed to deter and prevent homeland attacks, protect critical infrastructures and people, mitigate damage and expedite recovery.
Plenary speakers include experts from the Department of Homeland Security, Small Business Administration, Boston Police Department and FBI.
HST '16 is produced by IEEE with technical support from the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, IEEE Boston Section (www.ieeeboston.org) and IEEE-USA. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon, Battelle and MITRE are providing organizational support.
International partners are encouraged to participate.
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